12 Different Varieties of Hydrangea

Hydrangea Varieties

There are many varieties of Hydrangea, but most can be grown in full sun or partial shade. Most varieties of Hydrangea do not do so well in extremely hot conditions so when planning the perfect location of your Hydrangea try to make sure that the plant gets some afternoon shade. Most Hydrangea varieties thrive in medium moist, but well-drained soil. Also, Hydrangeas should be planted in the Springtime.

In the list below we take a look at 12 gorgeous varieties of Hydrangea.

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Hamburg’

Hydrangea macrophylla Hamburg
Depending on the PH of the soil, the Hydrangea Hamburg variety produces large clusters of purple to rose-colored flowers. This Hydrangea grows 4-5 feet tall. Thrives in sun to part shade and medium moisture, well-drained soil.

Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea)


Native to Asia. This climbing Hydrangea produces beautiful clusters of fragrant white flowers. This Hydrangea variety will bloom late spring to early summer. It can grow to be 30-40 feet tall. This variety will thrive in part shade to full shade. The Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris won the Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’


The Hydrangea Annabelle variety (also called smooth Hydrangea Annabelle) is one of our favorite Hydrangea varieties. This shrub produces huge clusters of white flowers in early summer. And will stay in bloom for a couple of months through the summer.  It grows to be 3-5 feet tall. This variety can be grown in full sun or part shade. The more sun the more water is needed for maximum plant health. If you live in an area where the climate is really hot, then this plant will require more shade.

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Altona’


The Hydrangea Altona, also called Bigleaf Hydrangea Altona boast some beautiful large blue or rose-colored florets. This award-winning variety grows to be 4-5 feet tall and wide. It thrives in full sun to part shade. An excellent pick for a container garden or as an accent plant.

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Amethyst’


Another one of our favorite varieties. The Hydrangea ‘Amethyst’  also called Mophead Hydrangea ‘Amethyst’, produces large round flower heads, the florets are pink and greenish depending on the soil PH level. Blooms from early to late summer. This variety is perfect for a low hedge or will work wonderfully in a container garden.

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Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Ayesha’

Hydrangea macrophylla Ayesha
The Hydrangea ‘Ayesha’  also called Mophead Hydrangea ‘Ayesha’ produces gorgeous large flower heads that bloom for up to 6 months starting in early summer. This variety will work beautifully as a border or in a large container. It grows to be 4-6 feet tall. Thrives in part shade.

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Charm’


This medium-sized Hydrangea produces 6-inch flower heads in rose-pink. The Hydrangea charm variety will bloom from early to late summer. Thrives in part shade and prefers medium moist soil. This variety will look great anywhere in your garden.

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Glory Blue’


The Hydrangea Glory Blue blooms in the summer and boasts some large deep blue to pink florets depending on the soil PH level. This plant loves part shade and medium moist soil. Plant along your borders or in a container.

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’


This popular Hydrangea variety is packed with creamy pink to white flowers. This variety will bloom mid-summer into the fall season. This shrub can grow to be 10-25 feet tall and spread 8-15 feet. It thrives in full sun or partial sun. In the hot summer, afternoon shade is recommended for better plant health.

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’


The Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ is native to China. This winter-hardy Hydrangea will bloom for months into the winter season. This variety typically grows to be 6-8 feet tall. It prefers full sun to partial sun. Afternoon shade is recommended.

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’


The Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’ will work wonderfully along a border or flower bed. This variety is packed with gorgeous large creamy white flower heads. Blooms from mid-summer into fall. Thrives in full sun or partial sun. This easy to grow, long-lived shrub makes a great variety choice.

Mountain Hydrangea ‘Santiago’ (Hydrangea Serrata)


Hydrangea Serrata also called Mountain Hydrangea will bloom early to late summer. This variety grows to be 2-4 feet tall. Mountain Hydrangea prefers part shade. The Mountain Hydrangea can change color 3-4 times per season. This variety will look fantastic in a container garden or small border.