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Hydrangea Library

I am hard-pressed to name a shrub that matches the hydrangea for drama, splendor, and elegance in the garden. From the subtle white starry-shaped lacecap flower of  ‘Hayes Starburst’ to the dramatic, large white globes of ‘Incrediball’ — one of my favorites — there’s a hydrangea to fit almost any spot in the garden.


Hydrangea common names hydrangea or hortensia, is a genus of 70–75 species of flowering plants native to Asia and the Americas. By far the greatest species diversity is in eastern Asia, notably China, Korea, and Japan.

[1] Hydrangea Wikipedia


Hydrangea macrophylla

Deciduous Shrub


Loose, Rich, Well-Drained Soil


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Hydrangea Articles

Forced Hydrangeas

I received a blooming hydrangea for my February birthday. How do I care for it while I have it indoors and can I plant it

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Re-Blooming Hydrangeas

I have a follow-up question to your recent article about hydrangeas not blooming. While the explanations offered are helpful for old-fashioned varieties, I’d appreciate some

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Hydrangea Videos

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