Hydrangeas have become one of my favorite perennials for many reasons. The large white blooms of the Annabelle remind me of my Grandmother’s large flower garden which was always bursting with color and heavenly scents. I loved to pick a bouquet to decorate the dinner table.
The range of blue, violet, and pink hues that are available in newer hybrid varieties are breathtakingly beautiful. If you don’t like the color, add a little aluminum sulfate to the soil for a deeper blue, or add dolomitic lime for a pink flower.
Hydrangeas are hardy and fairly easy to grow given the right conditions. There are new varieties available each year. 2011 varieties include Hydrangea Macrophylla Konigstein which is a deep red; Hydrangea Macrophylla Lemmonhoff, a pink to blue variety depending on acidic level of the soil; Hydrangea Paniculata Phantom, which will produce beautiful creamy white blossoms all through the summer and into fall; and Schizophragma Brookside Little Leaf which is a climbing variety that will bloom all summer long as well.
There are literally hundreds of different types of Hydrangeas so it’s not hard to find a type that works well for any growing conditions.
For a complete guide to growing Hydrangeas, check out the Encylopedia of Hydrangeas.