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? The bigleaf hydrangea group (H. 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. I’ll introduce you to seven cultivars here, from old to new, with a variety of wonderful traits.
Ready to learn more? Read our article "How to care for your bigleaf hydrangeas" for simple tips on helping your bigleaf hydragneas to thrive.