Hydrangeas: Unique Varieties and Cult Classics

These gorgeous hydrangea varieties will bring a splash of color to your garden.

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L.A. Dreamin' Hydrangea

The lush blooms of 'L.A. Dreamin'' allow myriad shades of pink and blue to coexist on the same plant, whether you adjust the alkalinity of the soil or not.

Hydrangea paniculata 'Bobo'

'Bobo' is a dwarf hydrangea covered by large white flowers all summer. The flowers are held upright on strong stems, and will continue to grow and lengthen as they bloom. 'Bobo' will reach a height of 2-3 feet, and is hardy to zone 3.

'Electric Rouge'

'Electric Rouge' is a vibrant mophead beauty from the HGTV Home Plant Collection is set off by dark green foliage and makes an excellent cut flower.

'Let's Dance Rhapsody Blue'

The florets of this new hydrangea, 'Let's Dance Rhapsody Blue' have a distinctive geometric shape, and are closely packed into full, richly colored mophead flowers held up on sturdy stems. The tidy habit and good wilt-resistance add to its appeal. The real show, however, may be its easy shift from pink to rich amethyst blue. This beauty will reach 2-3 feet in height and is hardy to zone 5.  

'Tiny Tuff Stuff'

While 'Tiny Tuff Stuff' leans towards blue blooms, the flower color may range from blue to pink to white—all soft, delicate, shades perfect for refined gardens. The flowers age to an attractive pink, and tip down in an distinctive arching fashion. Will grow 1 ½ to 2 feet in height and width, and hardy to zone 5.  

Hydrangea serrata 'Tiny Tuff Stuff'

'Tiny Tuff Stuff' has delicate flowers, and that makes it hard to call this one tough, but they are! Abundant lacecap flowers are comprised of doubled sepals.

Hydrangea serrata 'Tuff Stuff'

'Tuff Stuff' has an improved bud and stem hardiness and also flowers on new wood. The attractive, reddish-pink, lacecap flowers create a mass of color in early summer, and will continue to produce new buds and flowers right up until frost. The semi double to double florets open with creamy coloration in the center before maturing to an intense pink. Will grow 2-3 feet tall and wide, and is hardy to zone 5.

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Paraplu'

The blooms of 'Paraplu' hold up well in the heat, and also stand up well to the rigors of Midwestern winters. The compact habit and glossy foliage add to its appeal. This hydrangea will reach 2 ½’’ - 3 feet in height, and is hardy to zone 5.  

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Paraplu'

These mophead blooms range from candy pink to an intense hot pink. The florets on 'Paraplu' are doubled, and arch downward like a phalanx of dainty umbrellas. It’s a stunning effect! The blooms hold up well in the heat, and also stand up well to the rigors of even Midwestern winters. The compact habit and glossy foliage add to its appeal. 'Paraplu' will reach 2 ½-3 feet in height, and is hardy to zone 5.

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Gatsby's Star'

This hydrangea has star power! 'Gatsby's Star' has double blooms are pointed instead of round, creating a star effect. The result is a beautiful, lacy panicle, and a very showy, native variety. This hydrangea will grow 5-6 feet in height and is hardy to zone 5.

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Gatsby's Moon'

These doubled, pure white florets are tightly packed and create very full panicles with a unique quilted effect. As the bloom on 'Gatsby's Moon' ages, it turns a nice shade of green that lasts through most of the season. It is a native plant, and will grow to 6-10 feet in height and is hardy to zone 5.

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Gatsby's Gal'

Smaller than other similar hydrangeas, 'Gatsby’s Gal' has impressively large flowers and lots of them. Full panicles of white blooms are held upright above the foliage. 

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Gatsby's Gal'

Flowers are quite large relative to the plant's compact size. A native plant, 'Gatsby's Gal' will reach a height of 5-6 feet and is hardy to zone 5.

'Peppermint Swirl'

This hydrangea variety, 'Peppermint Swirl' features an upright, mounded habit and spectacular peppermint candy variegation with pink and red-purple flowers.

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Let's Dance Diva'

This variety is truly a diva, with super-sized blooms and sepals the size of your palm. 

Hydrangeas macrophylla 'Let's Dance Diva'

The baby blue or pink lace-cap blooms on 'Let's Dance Diva' are as big as a dinner plate. 

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Let's Dance Diva'

'Let's Dance Diva' will grow 2-3 feet in height and hardy to zone 5.

Hydrangea paniculata 'Fire Light'

'Fire Light' will become the new standard to measure all hardy hydrangeas against. Upright panicles are packed with florets that transform from pure white to rich pomegranate-pink. Its thick, sturdy stems look just as great in containers as they do in the garden. 'Fire Light' will reach nearly 3 feet in height, and is hardy to zone 3.

'Sweet 'N Salsa'

Good for USDA zones 5-9, this 'Sweet 'N Salsa' cultivar with unique bronze red foliage blooms from late spring into late summer.

'Vanilla Strawberry' Hydrangea

Large clusters of flowers start as a creamy vanilla-white, then transform to a soft pink and finally to a ripe strawberry-red. ‘Vanilla Strawberry' hydrangeas bloom 3-4 weeks longer than most hydrangeas.