Hydrangeas are the perfect garden shrub to attract pollinators and add beauty, color and interest to any landscape. With a romantic, cottage-y aesthetic and hundreds of varieties available, you’re bound to fall in love with at least one type. Hydrangeas range in height from a few feet tall to 8 to 10 feet tall and wide, so they’re equally at home in a pot on a balcony garden or as part of beds in your flower garden. Once established, they thrive in almost any climate from USDA Hardiness zones 3 to zone 9 (find your hardiness zone here). Make sure to choose one that is suited to your zone.
Hydrangeas start to bloom in early to mid-summer, depending on the type, and the flowers remain through fall. In many parts of the country, the faded blooms will stay on the plant to provide winter interest in your otherwise bare garden. Hydrangeas also make great cut or dried flowers. Although many people think hydrangeas grow only in shade, most types need at least four hours of sun to bloom well. In warm climates, they prefer afternoon shade to protect them from searing heat. They like well-drained—never soggy—soils but will tolerate many different types from sandy to clay. To round out your garden, plant hydrangeas with companion plants that have similar needs.
Here’s what else you should know about what to plant with hydrangeas and how to care for these gorgeous shrubs: