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Get to Know the 6 Types of Hydrangeas

There are six main types of hydrangeas commonly grown in North American gardens.

Bigleaf Hydrangea (also known as florist’s hydrangea, hortensia, mophead, or lacecap) Hydrangea macrophylla
• Hardy to USDA zone 5
• Bloom on old wood: do not prune, may benefit from winter protection



Proven Winners® varieties:
CITYLINE® series, LET’S DANCE® reblooming series, WEE BIT™ series, (LET’S DANCE® BIG EASY® Hydrangea shown)
Panicle Hygrangea (also known as peegee hydrangea) Hydrangea paniculata
• Hardy to USDA zone 3
• Bloom on new wood: prune in late winter/early spring



Proven Winners® varieties:
BOBO ®, FIRE LIGHT®, ‘Limelight’, LITTLE LIME®, PINKY WINKY®, QUICK FIRE®, LITTLE QUICK FIRE®, ZINFIN DOLL®, (FIRE LIGHT® Hydrangea shown)
Smooth Hydrangea (also known as Annabelle hydrangea) Hydrangea arborescens
• Hardy to USDA zone 3
• Bloom on new wood: prune in late winter/early spring



Proven Winners® varieties:
INCREDIBALL® series, INVINCIBELLE® series, LIME RICKEY®, (INVINCEBELLE LIMETTA® Hydrangea shown)
Climbing Hydrangea Hydrangea petiolaris
• Hardy to USDA zone 4
• Bloom on old wood: do not prune
(Hydrangea petiolaris shown)
Mountain Hydrangea Hydrangea serrata
Hardy to USDA zone 5
• Bloom on old wood: do not prune



Proven Winners® varieties:
TUFF STUFF™ series
Oakleaf Hydrangea Hydrangea quercifolia
• Hardy to USDA zone 5
• Bloom on old wood: do not prune, may benefit from winter protection



Proven Winners® varieties:
GATSBY series, (GATSBY PINK® Hydrangea shown)
Bigleaf & Mountain Hydrangeas

Mopheads vs. Lacecaps

What’s the Difference?

A simple guide for identifying the differences between the two shapes.

Mopheads

Comprised mostly of papery sterile florets

Star-like fertile florets hidden deep within the flower

Very showy and rather formal in the landscape

Florets Icon
Lacecaps

Papery sterile florets mostly in a ring around outer edge

Comprised mostly of star-like fertile florets

More of a natural or woodland effect in the landscape

Why isn't my Hydrangea Blooming?

A guide to some of the most common reasons your hydrangea may not be blooming, as well as advice to get your hydrangea flowering.

Smooth Hydrangea guide
Big Leaf Guide
Climbing Hydrangea guide

Guide to Hydrangea Sizes & Colors

Great for understanding which hydrangea will fit where in the landscape.

Smooth Hydrangeas | Hydrangea arborescens
Panicle Hydrangeas | Hydrangea paniculata
Reblooming Hydrangeas | Hydrangea macrophylla

Hardy Hydrangea Booklet

Wondering which hydrangea to choose? This handy guide identifies the easiest to grow, the most reliable hydrangeas available today.

Educational Video Series

Check out our video series playlist for tips and how-tos for hydrangea care.

Bigleaf Hydrangea (also known as florist’s hydrangea, hortensia, mophead, or lacecap) Hydrangea macrophylla
• Hardy to USDA zone 5
• Bloom on old wood: do not prune, may benefit from winter protection



Proven Winners® varieties:
CITYLINE® series, LET’S DANCE® reblooming series, WEE BIT™ series, (LET'S DANCE® BIG EASY® Hydrangea shown)
Panicle Hygrangea (also known as peegee hydrangea) Hydrangea paniculata
• Hardy to USDA zone 3
• Bloom on new wood: prune in late winter/early spring



Proven Winners® varieties:
BOBO ®, FIRE LIGHT®, ‘Limelight’, LITTLE LIME®, PINKY WINKY®, QUICK FIRE®, LITTLE QUICK FIRE®, ZINFIN DOLL®, (FIRE LIGHT® Hydrangea shown)
Smooth Hydrangea (also known as Annabelle hydrangea) Hydrangea arborescens
• Hardy to USDA zone 3
• Bloom on new wood: prune in late winter/early spring



Proven Winners® varieties:
INCREDIBALL® series, INVINCIBELLE® series, LIME RICKEY®, (INVINCEBELLE LIMETTA® Hydrangea shown)
Climbing Hydrangea Hydrangea petiolaris
• Hardy to USDA zone 4
• Bloom on old wood: do not prune
(Hydrangea petiolaris shown)
Mountain Hydrangea Hydrangea serrata
Hardy to USDA zone 5
• Bloom on old wood: do not prune



Proven Winners® varieties:
TUFF STUFF™ series
Oakleaf Hydrangea Hydrangea quercifolia
• Hardy to USDA zone 5
• Bloom on old wood: do not prune, may benefit from winter protection



Proven Winners® varieties:
GATSBY series, (GATSBY PINK® Hydrangea shown)