Blooms That Can’t Be Beat: Hydrangeas

July gives us fireworks, but it’s also the month of hydrangeas bursting onto the scene with beautiful, colorful blooms.

If you are looking for a classic choice for your landscaping, make sure you consider hydrangeas. There are a variety of forms, heights, and colors to choose from, designing your outdoor spaces so that they “wow” your guests and neighbors.

The most common types of hydrangeas come in 3-5 foot smooth to 4-6 foot mopheads. Hydrangeas also come in 8-9 foot tall oakleafs, with some even taller! You can use the blooming beauties in a variety of different ways, depending on what planting zone you are in. Here are some ways hydrangeas can be used to turn your garden, landscaping or backyard into a colorful spring and summer haven!

Adding pizzazz to a difficult slope. Is it difficult to mow your sloped yard? Or, are you done messing around with regular maintenance because of the difficult slope? Hydrangeas are a wonderful solution to a sloped section of your landscaping. Overall, most varieties don’t require pruning. As long as the area gets regular water, it’s easy to grow these flowering shrubs. A couple types that work well include Limelight and Quick Fire Hydrangeas.

Container hydrangeas. Over the past decade or so, breeders have created container-sized hydrangeas to satisfy the request of hydrangea-enthusiasts wanting more options. These container hydrangeas still offer the same huge, impactful blooms that the larger plants have but are suitable for potting. Due to their large blooms, make sure you water them regularly and irrigate as needed. Little Lime Hydrangeas and Let’s Dance Starlight Bigleaf Hydrangeas are a few of our favorites.

Transition hydrangeas. Do you have a backyard where your lawn transitions to the woods? The oakleaf varieties can ease your backyard into looking more natural. You can plant many hydrangeas under an open canopy of trees in a wooded setting and let them grow and prosper over the years. Some of the larger shrubs, Snow Queen Oakleaf and Annabelle, work well as transition hydrangeas.

Visit any of our Joe’s Market Basket locations to pick up your beautiful, new hydrangeas! Let us know your plans and we’ll help you plant it in the best possible location. The experts at our Edwardsville, Godfrey, O’Fallon and Troy, Illinois locations are here to make your gardening and landscaping projects a breeze, adding a bit of color to your summer. Give us a call today or find us online at

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