Hydrangeas, Here to Stay

Hydrangeas are versatile, easy to grow and a wonderful addition to the garden landscape. First discovered in Japan, the name hydrangea comes from the Greek “hydro” meaning water and “angos” meaning jar or vessel. Hydrangeas have 70–75 species of flowering plants native to southern and eastern Asia and the Americas. By far the greatest species diversity is in eastern Asia, notably China, Japan, and Korea.

Hydrangeas common to the Midwest region

Panicle hydrangeas, Hydrangea paniculata, are known for their long panicles from which their large flowers bloom. Their cone-shaped panicles can range from 6 to 18 inches long, as opposed to the bulb shaped flower heads of other hydrangeas. Their flowers will first appear as white, but as the plant grows older, the flowers may turn pink.

Colors: White turning to pink or bronze, bi-color, lime green.
Bloom time: Mid-summer through fall depending on variety.
Sunlight: Sun to part shade.

Popular cultivars for the Midwest region include: ‘Peegee’, Limelight’, ‘Little Lime’, ‘Vanilla Strawberry’, ‘Bobo’ and ‘Quickfire’.

Smooth hydrangeas, Arborescens, are a much-loved flowering shrub, some with large sized blooms. Most are known to be so heavy with flowers that they flop over. The most striking cultivar of smooth hydrangea is the “Annabelle,” which is a name that is commonly used to refer to all smooth hydrangeas. The name is inspired by the town of Anna, Illinois, where the first smooth hydrangea was first discovered in the 1960s. The Annabelle produces white, round flower heads that look like large snowballs and can grow to be 12 inches in diameter.

Colors: White or Pink.

Bloom time: Summer to fall depending on the variety.
Sunlight: Sun to part shade. 
Popular cultivars for the Midwest region include: ‘Invincibelle Spirit’, ‘Incrediball’, ‘Annabelle’, and ‘Bella Anna’.
Bigleaf hydrangea, Hydrangea macrophylla, is one of the most widely recognized species of hydrangeas. The species is divided into two groups: Mopheads, which have globe shaped flowers, and Lacecaps, which tend to have flattened flower heads and an outer ring of flowers differing from the inner ring.

Colors: Blue, Pink, multi-colored.

Bloom time: Early summer to fall depending on the variety.
Sunlight: Sun to part shade.

Popular cultivars: ‘Nikko Blue’, The Endless Summer® Collection.

Because hydrangeas have such persistent flowers, they are great for drying or for use as cut flowers to decorate your home. Their unique shaped flowers make them a great addition to any bouquet or centerpiece.

The Mustard Seed carries a wide variety of Hydrangeas. Stop by to see their collection for your garden landscape. 
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