Southern-inspired color and full, blooming growth.
Southern landscapes and classic elegance may come to mind when you think of Hydrangea Shrubs, but with our wide variety (and the hardy strength of our plants), you can have these full, freshly-hued shrubs almost anywhere. Plus, reblooming growth means months of visual interest.
How to Plant Hydrangea Shrubs
Specific planting directions will depend on the variety you choose, but most Hydrangea Shrubs like full to partial sun (4 to 8 hours of sun per day) and well-drained soil. And of course, it's important to ensure that you’re in the correct growing zone.
When you're ready to plant, dig a hole large enough to accommodate your Hydrangea's root ball (with some room to grow), place your shrub and back fill the soil. Finally, water the surrounding soil to settle the roots and mulch around the area to conserve moisture and prevent weeds.
When to Trim Hydrangea Shrubs and More
Before putting the final finishing touches on your Hydrangea Shrubs, start by establishing a solid watering schedule. Generally, we recommend watering about once or twice weekly for best results. If you’re not sure when to water, however, simply check your surrounding soil about 2 inches down. If you detect dryness here, it's time to water your Hydrangea Shrubs.
Fertilizing and pruning are also simple for Hydrangeas. If you notice slow growth, fertilize in early spring, before blooming, with a well-balanced blend for best results. And for pruning, simply remove dead, damaged or diseased areas and trim for shaping after blooms have faded.
Changing Your Hydrangea Shrubs' pH
Did you know you could change the color of your Hydrangea Shrubs? You can increase or decrease the acidity of your soil and change the blooms' hues, using aluminum sulfate, garden lime or coffee grounds, for example.
See the chart below for a quick, helpful look at how the pH of your soil affects color.