The Q&A Archives: Hydrangeas in Florida?

Question: Hello~ I live in the Sarasota, Florida area and am a big fan of Hydrangeas. Will Hydrangeas grow in this region and if so, what would be the best variation to use? What would be the best location to plant them? Thanks so much!

Answer: Shannon,

Hydrangeas that do well in the deep south include:
Mophead (or Bigleaf) and Lacecap (Hydrangea macrophylla)
Oak-Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)
Smooth Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens)

Some type of Panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata) do well in the deep south but the popular variety PeeGee prefers to be further north.

Hydrangeas in general love a bright location with some shade from the mid day to afternoon sun. Hydrangea macrophylla prefers full day shade that is bright but will tolerate a little morning sun.

Most hydrangeas prefer a moist but well drained soil, however Hydrangea quercifolia does well in slightly drier conditions and in more sun than the other types.

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