Hydrangeas are a perennial bush native to Asia and South America. Flowering from mid-summer into fall, hydrangea bushes add a beautiful pop of color to any landscape, with large pom-pom-like blooms in colors of blue/lilac, pink, purple or white. These bushes can get up to 10 feet tall. There are more than 1,200 varieties to choose from.
Select a planting site that receives full sun daily with some partial afternoon shade, especially in warmer climates. Choose a location that will accommodate the size of the bush so it does not have to be moved later on.
Till the ground in early summer or fall. Amend with compost to make the soil well draining and rich in nutrients.
Dig a hole that is twice the size of the root ball. Place the bush planting at the same depth as it was grown in the container.
Fill in halfway with soil and add water to eliminate any air pockets. Wait until all the water drains out and then finish filling in the hole with soil. Tamp down well around the top of the plant.
Water well after planting and keep watered on a regular basis so the soil does not dry out. Use a drip irrigation system for watering to avoid getting the leaves wet. Water every other day or as necessary to keep the soil moist.
Add a layer of mulch around the bush to help retain moisture and keep the roots cool during hot summer months. Use shredded bark or pine needles.