Wild Hydrangea is both gorgeous and plentiful. They love average to moist soils will help the growth and development of this plant the most. From May all through the way to July, this plant will produce balls or clusters of beautiful flowers that will vary in color and size. These flowers are also favored for use in flower arrangements so that the blooms can be enjoyed indoors as well.
Wild Hydrangea Shrub - Hydrangea arborescens
Wild hydrangea is a fast-growing shrub that thrives in hardiness zones four through nine, and is often treated as a herbaceous perennial in gardens. During spring and summer, this bush creates showy clusters of white or creamy, light green flowers that are rounded and heavy enough to weigh the stems down. The leaves are oversized and are medium-light green and smooth.
In autumn, the leaves turn yellow to create a colorful display until the leaves fall off to expose the canes. The soft, woody canes are covered in peeling bark when the plants are allowed to grow unhindered, offering a nice addition to the landscape during winter.
Cane breakage is common in regions with snowy winters, but the attractive seed pods are a welcome addition to early winter landscapes. If the canes are damaged, cut the damaged areas or whole plant back to ground level. Cutting the plant back in autumn also boosts growth and reinvigorates the flowering shrub. When the shrub is cut back in autumn, the average height ranges from three to five feet.
Wild hydrangea reaches six to eight feet high when allowed to grow without cutting it back. The width is approximately the same as the height, creating attractive mounds of blossoming greenery in spring and summer. The rounded clusters of flowers attracts a wide range of pollinators, making the shrub an excellent addition to any garden, including rain gardens and butterfly gardens.
Hydrangea prefers moist soil, and grows well in partial shade and forested areas. Extra watering is necessary during hot, dry summers, and a layer of mulch provides extra moisture