The South loves a mophead. Between the cloud-like blooms and its beautiful, dark green leaves, picture-perfect hydrangea bushes are a calling card of summer. But even the most green-thumbed of us can be left wondering why our hydrangeas didn’t bloom and—though we hate to admit it—why our Northern neighbors’ hydrangeas are so much more hearty. Luckily, Mother Nature has an answer to our dilemma: the Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia).
If you want big, lush hydrangea bushes in your yard then listen up. Here are a few reasons why they’re the best hydrangea variety for the South.