Every Southern garden should include this classic pass-along plant.
Photo: Ralph Anderson
French hydrangeas define the South like sweet tea and cornbread. Also known as bigleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla), they’re favorite plants that Southerners love to clip and share with friends and family. In the warm days of summer, big balloons of delicate blooms in blues, pinks, purples, and white seem to float up like magic from the lush green foliage of these shrubs.