So many new and improved hydrangea varieties are on the market mean I am not the only one collecting these late summer and fall flowering shrubs. If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube, you may have seen my hydrangea room, an enclosure with walls of blooming hydrangeas and a wood chip floor — yes my hydrangea room is where I found a real blue eyed baby inside a basket earlier this summer. (Don’t worry she was a grandchild, placed amongst the hydrangeas as a garden accent — a surprise that made a great video.)
Fall is a great time to transplant or move your old hydrangeas or to add the new and improved hydrangea varieties to your landscape. Hydrangeas are easy to move with rather shallow roots and can be pruned back hard when you transplant to make the shrub less awkward to move.
Here are some tips for adding hydrangeas to any garden.
Hydrangeas for sunny spots
- : The Smooth Hydrangea, Panicle Hydrangea and Oakleaf Hydrangea.
Smooth Hydrangeas or Hydrangea arborescens are very cold hardy, take full sun in our climate and include the traffic-stopping, huge balls of blooms from varieties such asIncrediball, and the tough Invincibelle series. Annabelle is the smooth hydrangea that started all the fuss for these outstanding shrubs, but new breeds mean you have a choice of pink, white and dwarf smooth hydrangeas that will not wilt on hot afternoons.