This site is all about the enjoyment and care of hydrangeas.

Home and hydrangeas of the late Penny McHenry.If you have a specific question or problem, you may go directly to the FAQ's Many pages on this site can be reached only through the FAQ's.

Many people remember hydrangeas from their childhood. Today we are falling in love with them all over again. And the good news is that we can now grow many hydrangeas our grandmothers never even dreamed of. Some newer hydrangeas grow in colder climates, some are so small they will fit into the perennial border, and others have amazingly large blooms and deep colors.

The hydrangeas on this site are divided into four groups. I have included common names as well as botanical names so that hydrangea enthusiasts of all types can relate to the plants.

(I took the picture above in Atlanta, GA about 1998 when Penny McHenry was still living. Penny was the beloved founder and long-time president of the American Hydrangea Society. This was her home and some of the hydrangeas which later became known as Hydrangea macrophylla 'Penny Mac')


Potted Hydrangea

I recently discovered, quite by accident, a neat trick for growing hydrangeas in pots. In the past, a hydrangea would grow so fast in a pot that the roots would fill the container in one summer, and watering would become a constant chore. Very soon the hydrangea would have to be planted in the ground because it completely outgrew the pot.

For this "trick" to work, one must be able to place the pot in a flower bed or in a location with bare soil under the pot. For best results the drainage holes should be large and nothing should be placed over the holes. (You can probably see where this is going.)

The first year that the hydrangea is growing in the pot, normal watering is required, as you would any potted plant. The second year, the roots should begin growing out the drainage holes and into the ground. Don't move the pot. As one might expect, the better the plant becomes rooted into the ground, the less it needs supplemental watering. This is a boon to those who travel during the summer. If one must move the plant or give it away, just cut the roots off right under the pot, and the hydrangea will transplant very well (especially if it is dormant).

This year I ordered two mophead hydrangeas, 'Ami Pasquier' and 'Harlequin' to grow in pots. These hydrangeas should stay fairly small (relatively speaking), especially in pots.

Of course, even if you have to place your pots on concrete or on a patio, hydrangeas will grow in them if they receive afternoon shade or dappled shade all day.

Why Won't My Hydrangea Bloom

If you've ever had a hydrangea that wouldn't bloom, don't miss the story of Amy-Beth and David. This may give you some ideas.



Four Popular Hydrangea Species:
Hydrangea macrophylla
Mophead and Lacecap
Pink mophead hydrangea
Hydrangea arborescens
'Annabelle' and family
Annabelle's white bloom
Hydrangea quercifolia
Classic Oakleaf hydrangea bloom
Hydrangea paniculata
PeeGee and family
PeeGee 'Pee Wee' hydrangea bloom

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