Pink blooming Mophead Hydrangea

Al’s proudly carries over 20 different varieties of hydrangeas. With that many choices it’s easy to get overwhelmed. But it's hard to go wrong with any variety of hydrangea, in part because they do so well here in the Pacific Northwest. Our Chief of Growing Operations, Dorothy Russo, is here to recommend some of our favorite varieties for your porch or garden.

Hydrangea Cityline Paris blooming in vivid pink

Cityline Paris

The compact habit of this mop head hydrangea in combination with it being the reddest big leaf hydrangea makes Cityline Paris one of our favorites.  Paris is also salt tolerant if you’re looking for something that will do well at the Coast. This hydrangea is very low maintenance and really doesn’t require pruning, and disease resistant as well.

  • Light Requirement: Part to Full Sun
  • Blooms On: Both old (early season blooms) and new wood (mid to late summer blooms)
  • Height: 12 - 24 Inches
  • Width: 12 - 36 Inches
Hydrangea Oregon Pride pink mophead bloom

Oregon Pride

The Oregon Pride Hydrangea has dark red stems and red to purple blooms that are deep in color. The mophead variety is better suited for larger spaces.

  • Light Requirement: Part to Full Sun
  • Blooms on: Old Wood
  • Height: 5 feet
  • Width: 5 feet
a lime green bloom of a Little Lime Hydrangea

Little Lime

Little Lime hydrangea is small enough to grow in containers and also stands out as a bold mass planting. This reliable performer blooms on new wood, so a quick trim in late winter or early spring will encourage fresh growth. Summer flowers are soft green and actually turn pink to burgundy in fall. Like most hardy hydrangeas it does best in full sun or part shade.

  • Light Requirement: Full sun or part shade
  • Blooms on: New Wood
  • Height: 3-5 feet
  • Width: 3-5 feet
the light pink bloom of Hydrangea LIttle Quick Fire

Little Quick Fire

Little Quick Fire is perfect for smaller landscapes or container gardens. White flowers turn to pink-red throughout the summer.

  • Light Requirement: Part to Full Sun
  • Blooms on: New wood
  • Height: 3-5 feet
  • Width: 3-5 feet

Did You Know?

Hydrangeas are notoriously water needy, but the “hydra” part of their name actually refers to the seed capsules resemblance to ancient water-carrying vessels.

To Water or Not to Water?

Hydrangeas prefer moist but well drained soil. They do not like “wet feet”.

Use of plenty of water, especially as they are getting established. Hydrangeas have shallow roots so they tend to dry out quickly.

How Much Shade is Too Much Shade?

Most people think of hydrangeas as shade plants but they look and flower best with at least 4 hours of sun, ideally morning sun.

Paniculata hydrangeas are the most sun tolerant, and can take full sun.

What Affects Hydrangea Color?

You can actually change the color of your hydrangea by modifying the acidity of your soil. Lime will work to create pink blooms, while an soil acidifier will turn the blooms blue.

What else do I need?

2-3 inches of thick bark mulch is always a useful addition when planting hydrangeas.

You can always learn more by reading our Growing Guide: Hydrangea Care