In memory of our friend and contributing garden writer, Sandi Manna, who would want us to make our gardens as beautiful as they can be.
Mophead (Hydrangea Macrophylla)
Mophead hydrangeas, also sometimes called Bigleaf, grow in full sun to part shade. They come in shades of blue, purple or red. There are a number of reblooming hydrangeas that will give you color all season. They start blooming in early summer and bloom just about through frost. These shrubs do best in moist, well-drained soil.
As long as they get a minimum of 1” of water once a week (twice a week when it’s hot) you should be fine. Cutting faded blooms will encourage the shrub to keep producing flowers. For most of the shrubs in these series, soil pH will affect color. If you’re like most and you want blue, then you’re in luck. To get blue hydrangeas you need acidic soil (Connecticut is typically acidic). If your blooms aren’t blue enough, or you’re looking for pink, there are various soil amendments that will do the trick.