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ABOUT HYDRANGEAS — smooth hydrangea

Hydrangea arborescens - The Wild, Smooth, American Hydrangea

Hillary T
There's no simplicity to any hydrangea species and wild hydrangea is no exception. Let's wade into this particular hydrangea thicket together and figure out some of the eccentricities.
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What are remontant and free flowering hydrangeas?

Hillary T
Remontant hydrangeas rebloom in the fall. Free flowering hydrangeas flower more freely, yet are not remontant. Learn the nuances here.
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What is a Mophead Hydrangea Flower?

Hillary T
The mophead types are, literally, the Garden Variety Hydrangea types. They were selected by people to grow in their gardens because they are bigger than the wild lacecap types and therefore more bodacious. Learn about their showy sepals here.
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What is a Lacecap Hydrangea Flower?

Hillary T
Lacecaps are the wild hydrangeas set up by nature to have two kinds of florets in the lacy flower heads. The showy outer florets ring the edge of the head. Their job is to attract pollinating insects to the less-showy inner fertile florets. It's the job of the fertile flowers to make fruit/seeds and reproduce so the species lives on.
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Top 6 Hydrangea Species for Gardens

Mariana DiVita 2 Comments
We've asked Mariana DiVita to explain the differences between types of hydrangeas. Experts say there are 25 to 80 different species of hydrangeas, but for the average gardener 6 are the most popular. Each species has different cultural requirements - no matter your garden or garden style there is a hydrangea for you!
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