13 Distinctive Hydrangeas for Your Garden

These aren't your grandmother's hydrangeas. Get your hands on one of these colorful varieties of the classic shrub.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Julie Taylor Fitzgerald, American Hydrangea Society

Photo By: Image courtesy of Julie Taylor Fitzgerald, American Hydrangea Society

Photo By: Image courtesy of Julie Taylor Fitzgerald, American Hydrangea Society

Photo By: Image courtesy of Julie Taylor Fitzgerald, American Hydrangea Society

Photo By: Image courtesy of Julie Taylor Fitzgerald, American Hydrangea Society

Photo By: Image courtesy of Julie Taylor Fitzgerald, American Hydrangea Society

Photo By: Image courtesy of Julie Taylor Fitzgerald, American Hydrangea Society

Photo By: Image courtesy of Julie Taylor Fitzgerald, American Hydrangea Society

Photo By: Image courtesy of Julie Taylor Fitzgerald, American Hydrangea Society

Photo By: Image courtesy of Julie Taylor Fitzgerald, American Hydrangea Society

Photo By: Image courtesy of Julie Taylor Fitzgerald, American Hydrangea Society

Photo By: Image courtesy of Julie Taylor Fitzgerald, American Hydrangea Society

Photo By: Image courtesy of Julie Taylor Fitzgerald, American Hydrangea Society

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Pistachio'

'Pistachio' is a reblooming hydrangea for gardens or large containers. The reddish blooms have a chartreuse tinge that isn't affected by soil pH.

Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'

The showy, white blooms on 'Annabelle' can measure up to 10 inches across. Native to the eastern U.S., this hydrangea grows in zones 3 to 9, preferring part shade or plenty of water in sunny gardens.

Hydrangea serrata 'Bluebird'

'Bluebird' opens with beautiful, blue lacecap flowers in zones 5 to 9. Grow it in a large container or in a woodland garden or border. In autumn, the foliage turns a handsome reddish color.

Schizophragma hydrangeoides 'Moonlight'

Japanese hydrangea vine 'Moonlight' is related to the better-known climbing hydrangea. Its cream-colored, broad flowerheads are surrounded by silver-green leaves with dark green veins. Grow it on a fence, wall or other support. It's hardy in zones 6 to 9.

Hydrangea 'Twist-n-Shout'

Lacecap hydrangea 'Twist-n-Shout' is a rebloomer developed for zones 4 to 9. The pink or periwinkle flowers are held on sturdy, red stems.

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Mini Penny'

Named for the founder of the American Hydrangea Society, Penny McHenry, 'Mini Penny' is a dwarf mophead for zones 5 to 9. Flower color will vary depending on the pH of your soil.

Oakleaf Hydrangea 'Snowflake'

'Snowflake' is an oakleaf hydrangea that's native to the U.S. The white flower panicles age to pink, and the oakleaf-shaped leaves change to an attractive purple and crimson in fall. Grow it in zones 5-9.

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Lady In Red'

'Lady in Red' bears pinkish-white lacecape flowers with dark red veins and stems. Use it in zones 6 to 9, and watch the green foliage turn an attractive red-purple in fall.

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nigra'

Grow 'Nigra' in zones 6 to 9 in part shade, or keep the plant well-watered if it receives a lot of sun. The blooms are pink in alkaline soils and blue in acidic soils. You may be able to grow this hydrangea in zone 5 if you plant it in a protected location and give it plenty of mulch in the winter; a burlap wrap can also help.

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Merritt's Supreme'

'Merritt's Supreme' is a bigleaf hydrangea that produces rose or reddish-colored blooms from July into August. Use it in zones 6 to 9, and expect blue blooms if your soil is highly acidic.

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Tokyo Delight'

A bigleaf hydrangea for zones 5 to 9, 'Tokyo Delight' prefers part shade. It's a lacecap type with reddish-pink centers and white florets that mature to pink. The colors will be affected by your soil's pH.

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Early Sensation'

'Early Sensation' is a cultivar in the Forever and Ever hydrangea series. For zones 4 to 9, it thrives in your garden or in large containers. For best results, give it cool, morning sun and some afternoon shade. Blooms will be pink or blue, depending on the soil's pH.

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nikko Blue'

'Nikko Blue' thrives in part shade in zones 6 to 9. In highly acid soils, the mophead flowers are blue; in slightly acidic to alkaline soils, they're pink.