8 Outstanding Hydrangeas from the Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden

Earliest Bloomer: Blushing Bride 

This bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) type comes from the Endless Summer series and is one of the best-flowering hydrangeas due to its early blooming. 

Best Panicle Hydrangea: Fire Light 

Fire Light, a newer cultivar of panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata), has several advantages. Between summer and fall, its white blossoms turn a beautiful reddish-pink. 

Best Oakleaf Hydrangea for Full Shade: Gatsby Star

Oakleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia) are distinctive, cone-shaped additions to shaded forest gardens, thanks to their striking white flowers that bloom in late summer and turn dusky-rose in the fall. 

Biggest Blooms: Incrediball 

This is one of the best hydrangea kinds for flowers that are as big as your head. 

Most Abundant Flowers: Limelight 

This classic panicle hydrangea blooms in late summer and early fall. It produces a profusion of large, conical white blooms tinged with pale green that gradually become reddish pink.

Coolest Leaf Color: Little Honey 

This tiny oakleaf hydrangea has golden foliage that becomes mellow scarlet in the fall. Its color is most vibrant when planted in the early sun, but it will still dazzle in a fully shaded landscape. 

Best Hydrangea for Containers: Little Quick Fire 

Little Quick Fire is a dwarf panicle hydrangea that grows 3 to 5 feet tall and blooms about a month quicker than other hydrangeas of its type. 

Compact Yet Colorful: Tiny Tuff Stuff 

The name says it all about this mountain hydrangea (Hydrangea serrata). Tiny Tuff Stuff grows to only 2 feet tall and blooms freely in both hot and cold weather. 

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