How to Grow Hydrangeas from Seed

growing hydrangea seeds

One of the most loved summer-flowering shrubs is the hydrangea, particularly a bigleaf variety. Planting hydrangeas is a very rewarding gardening activity. The hydrangea is a traditional gardener’s favorite and the immense, showy blooms add long-lasting color even when many other perennials have faded. Propagating hydrangea is most usually carried out by layering or by … Read more

How to Make Hydrangeas Bloom

hydrangea not blooming

Hydrangea flowers are a traditional and all-time favorite plant in the garden. Their majestic blooms shout “Summer is Here!” like no other flowering shrub. They come back every year, require little maintenance, and should never disappoint. But sometimes you may be faced with a hydrangea that doesn’t perform as well as expected.  Before you can … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Smooth Hydrangea (H. arborescens)

smooth hydrangea

The Hydrangea arborescens, commonly known as smooth hydrangea and wild hydrangea, is a lovely shrub that has enormous creamy, white flowers in early summer. It is perennial, deciduous, and grows in USDA zones 3 to 9. This variety of hydrangea has large serrated leaves and its bark can peel off in successive layers in winter, … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Climbing Hydrangeas (H. petiolaris)

climbing hydrangea

The climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris) is less well-known than the showy mophead hydrangea. This hydrangea is a large, perennial vine that needs substantial support for its heavy foliage and flowers. Its vines twine around the support available and also latch on with a network of aerial roots that form along its central stem. This hydrangea … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Mophead Hydrangeas

mophead hydrangea

Mophead hydrangeas (H. macrophylla) are the most well-known variety of the bigleaf hydrangeas. They are the most commonly grown hydrangea shrubs, and there are hundreds of cultivars to choose from.  These gorgeous shrubs are instantly recognizable from their mass of round clusters of blooms and green leaves. Mophead hydrangeas are perennials and have long-lasting flowers. … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Bigleaf Hydrangea (H. macrophylla)

Hydrangea macrophylla

Hydrangea macrophylla or bigleaf hydrangea is the most common hydrangea shrub and includes mopheads and lace-cap varieties. Bigleaf hydrangeas are a gardener’s favorite. A perennial with long-lasting flowers which are great for cutting, it is also very popular with florists. If the flowers are pink or blue, you can switch the colors by changing the … Read more

Abelia Companion Plants: What to Grow with This Shrub


An abelia is an elegant shrub with arching branches and long-lasting tubular flowers that will bring joy to your garden. But you may be wondering what other plants you could grow with the abelia bush. Growing carefully selected plants that work together is one way that landscapers and gardeners get the most from the space … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Abelia

abelia plant

Abelia shrubs are easy to grow, and require little maintenance. It is easy to understand why they are a popular landscaper’s choice because they provide color from both flowers and foliage over a long period, and even offer a delicate fragrance. Abelia plants flower over a long season from early summer to fall and attract … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Dwarf Hydrangea

dwarf hydrangea

Everyone loves the majesty of the large, showy blooms of the hydrangeas that come back into flower each summer, year after year. But not everyone has the space for a mature plant to spread and grow in their gardens.  The good news is that there is a great choice of dwarf varieties available, so you … Read more