Find the right bigleaf hydrangea
Who couldn't use a few hydrangea recommendations? There are so many to choose from: From lush, billowing mophead blooms or frilly lacecap flowers in shades of white, pink or blue on sturdy stems. What more could you want in a shrub? How about lustrous green or variegated foliage on a cold-hardy, compact plant?
Types of bigleaf hydrangeas
While most bigleaf hydrangeas are mopheads, there are also lacecaps, such as Let’s Dance™ Diva! in the gallery below. This type has a center of florets, or tiny flowers, surrounded by larger showy ones. Sometimes lacecap hydrangeas will still produce a few mophead flowers.
Why grow bigleaf hydrangeas?
The bigleaf hydrangea group (Hydrangea macrophylla) is made up of dozens of cultivars that bloom heavily and live for many years in the garden. Many of the newest cultivars rebloom more reliably and have tidy, compact habits. You’ll also find more colorful foliage and stems, bicolor flowers and earlier bloom periods. Here are seven hydrangea cultivars, from old to new, with a variety of wonderful traits.
Want to learn how to grow bigleaf hydrangeas? Read our article How to care for your bigleaf hydrangeas for simple tips on helping your plants thrive.