4 Seasons Recommends: The Hydrangea
You probably recognize this type of non-hardy hydrangea from all of the garden stores and home centers. It’s a common indoor plant, especially around Mother’s Day. I love the hydrangea for more than just its blooming beauty though. This plant comes in a wide variety (many of which are suitable for outdoors) and can flourish in a wide range of light conditions. The adaptability and beauty of this plant make it one of my preferred choices for landscapes. Let’s take a look at some of the different varieties now.
The non-hardy hydrangea is an indoor plant that brings loads of beautiful blooms right inside your home. This plant does best in indirect sunlight and usually requires consistent watering. The indoor variety is not as hardy as its outdoor counterparts and will eventually stop blooming. You can then replace it with a different indoor plant or a new hydrangea. This plant is nice for temporary decor or to give as a gift and is truly a beautiful blooming plant. Its outdoor varieties featured below are some of my favorites though, so please take a look!
Endless Summer Hydrangea [photo courtesy of Lurveys.com]
Unlike the indoor hydrangea, the hardy hydrangea shrub that can be planted outdoors, is a very versatile, low maintenance plant that is suitable for almost any garden type. The hydrangea comes in a variety of colors and has a variety of bloom types as well. The lacecap hydrangea produces smaller berrylike blooms in the middle of larger flower blooms, giving it a lacy feel. Other hydrangeas come in a variety of shapes and colors and can accomodate almost any color scheme. My personal favorite is the Endless Summer Hydrangea because of its bright blue blooms (pictured below). Its vibrant spring color is hard to beat!
Lacecap Hydrangea [photo courtesy of Lurveys.com]
One of my favorite ways to hide a fence or create a natural border for a garden is with the Climbing Hydrangea. Like most hydrangeas, this vine grows well in shade and full sun. Its versatility and beautiful blooms make it a favorite with many clients looking for a climbing plant.
Climbing Hydrangea [photo courtesy of Lurveys.com]
The Oakleaf Hydrangea is another one of my favorite shrubs because of its versatility and year round interest. Producing the characteristically beautiful hydrangea blooms in the spring, and brick red foliage in the fall, it’s red peeling bark add to this shrub’s year round interest. The Oakleaf Hydrangea is a generally low maintenance shrub which grows well in shade to full sun, making it also a very versatile plant.
Oakleaf Hydrangea in the fall [photo courtesy of Lurveys.com]
The Pee Wee Hydrangea and Munchkin Hydrangea are smaller versions of the hydrangea shrub that are great for compact gardens. The color choices for these shrubs is not as prolific as with the regular hydrangeas, but they are just as versatile and the blooms are just as beautiful. This is a great choice for a small garden, especially in the city where extra space can sometimes be a rare commodity.
Pee Wee Hydrangea [photo courtesy of Lurveys.com]
Hydrangeas can also be trained to grow in dwarf tree form, which can be purchased at your local nursery. These dwarf trees have the traditional spire blooms of the hydrangea but have been trained to have a stump and more treelike shape. It’s an untraditional look for the hydrangea that will certainly add unique interest to your landscape.
Hydrangea Tree [photo courtesy of Lurveys.com]
The variety and versatility of the hydrangea is almost unmatched. Regardless of the light conditions of your yard and the size of your space, the hydrangea is a great choice for almost every landscape!