blue hydrangeasHydrangeas are a staple of the Southern garden, providing the landscape with visual depth, deep color, and hundreds of blooms each summer. But there’s another reason Southern gardeners go gaga for hydrangeas: they love sunlight. And that’s one thing that’s never missing from Georgia in July.

Best Sun-Loving Hydrangeas for the Garden

Looking for a sensational summer shrub that won’t wilt the second you leave town? Sun-loving hydrangeas are easy to grow, requiring little more than moist, well-drained soil to thrive. These are Georgia’s best drought-tolerant varieties:

  • Limelight: Get your spotlight ready! These beauties are sure to be the star of the show. Renowned for their unique, white-green petals, Limelight Hydrangeas bloom late in the summer, offering a burst of color long after other seasonal blooms start fading. Autumn tinges their leaves yellow and their blooms pink, giving these stars an evening look that’s just as stunning as their summer color.
  • Strawberry Vanilla: The unexpected cone shape of these white and pink blooms give Strawberry Vanilla Hydrangeas the look of a particularly sweet swirl of ice cream. As temperatures cool, the flowers fade from light pink to burgundy, adding rich tones to fall landscapes.
  • Strawberry Sundae: The smaller cousin of the Strawberry Vanilla Hydrangea, Strawberry Sundaes grow 4-5 feet tall. These flowers flourish all season, even after facing hard winter frosts. As summer temperatures fade into fall, the blooms morph from white to pink to red, never losing their full shape or enticing appeal.
  • Little Lime: These diminutive bushes may be smaller than their sister shrub, but they’re no less beautiful. A dwarf version of the Limelight Hydrangea, Little Limes produce the same brilliant color in tightly packed, upward spreading blooms. Plant Little Limes in small spaces that need a boost of color.

Looking for a burst of color in the summer garden? Stop by Autumn Hill Nursery and stock up on these sweet, sun-loving shrubs.

Hydrangea Image from Flickr

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