I get asked a lot by friends and passing neighbors about the hydrangeas in our front yard. We’ve been growing ours for over a decade and have several healthy plants that frame the porch ever summer, and I look forward to the multiple and easy bouquets they produce each year.
There are dozens of varieties of hydrangeas, most are classified as mophead with ball shaped blooms or lacecap with flat delicate clusters. We have three different varieties of mophead hydrangeas in our yard, the white ‘Anabelle’, the raspberry ‘Pink Shira’ and the delicate pink ‘Macrophylla’ by the front door.
Truth is, we got lucky with this mophead variety in our front yard years ago. We also planted a few bushes in our backyard (which gets hot afternoon sun) and we utterly failed trying to grow them there. However, these hydrangeas in our east facing front yard grow healthy and tall with dozens of mophead blooms every year, and with minimal effort. The lesson? The biggest factor that contributes to healthy hydrangea growth is absolutely location.