Last week I talked about the different varieties of hydrangeas that Jack and I have in our garden. Since I am a relatively new hydrangea grower, I thought you might appreciate additional information on hydrangeas from more knowledgeable sources.
I came across these two references that provide information on the various types of hydrangea, as well as how to care for them, including when and how to prune. Click here for a very nice visual guide on the different types of hydrangeas by the FTD florist folks. Click here for the University of Georgia Extension Office's guide to growing and pruning hydrangeas.
Memphis has a large and active Hydrangea Society. Information on their events, membership, and educational information can be found on their website by clicking here.
Those beautiful hydrangeas you see blooming around town now are the panicle hydrangeas ('Limelight', 'Little Lime', 'Phantom', 'Tardiva', etc.). Now would be a good time to pick one out at your favorite nursery so you can see the bloom. But you have to commit to extra care to get it through the very hot weather we are having. Make sure it gets enough water and if you could find a spot with a little afternoon shade, I'm sure your plant will thank you. Even though these are advertised as sun-loving hydrangea, there are few landscape plants that thrive in all-day sun in our area. Our 'Limelight' blooms nicely with only morning sun.