29 Ways to Grow Hydrangeas in Containers
Southerners love hydrangeas. The only thing better? Hydrangeas in containers. These gorgeous blooming shrubs are Southern garden staples, and we have plenty of ideas for your hydrangea container gardens this year. Whether you are planting French (a.k.a bigleaf) hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla), smooth hydrangea (H. arborescens), oakleaf hydrangea (H. quercifolia), panicle hydrangea (H. paniculata), or mountain hydrangea (H. serrata), we’ll help you get you containers in top-notch shape and keep them looking good for the long haul. Also check out our planting tips and hydrangea care advice to ensure your hydrangeas are healthy and happy. We’ll even tell you how to root your hydrangeas and how to change the color of their blooms. Pink or blue? It’s up to you!—and the pH of the soil. (Except for white French and Mountain hydrangeas—they stay the same color no matter the pH of the soil.) Take your hydrangeas for a spin in your favorite containers this year—and happy planting!
This container combines 'Shooting Star' lacecap hydrangea, parlor palm (Chamaedorea elegans), pineapple lily (Eucomis 'Aloha Lily Leia'), 'Kent Beauty' ornamental hybrid oregano, and Southern maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris) for a pretty blue-green-purple palette that looks gorgeous anywhere.
Front Porch Blooms
Tailor your hydrangeas to your decor. Blue hydrangeas look gorgeous underneath a porch ceiling painted in a clear, classic blue.
This delicate container mixes bright hues and cheery textures. This container recipe includes 'Orange Star' star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum dubium), hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla), 'Lemon Buttons' fern (Nephrolepis sp.), echeveria, and variegated ivy (Hedera helix).
White and Green
These complementary hues add an elegant touch to an indoor container. To re-create this container, include kalanchoe (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana), hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla), blue crisp fern (Polypodium aureum), and ‘Kent Beauty’ ornamental hybrid oregano.
This dramatic evergreen container has just a touch of blue. To re-create this look, you’ll need 'Shooting Star' hydrangea, silver lace fern (Pteris ensiformis), silver dollar maidenhair fern (Adiantum peruvianum), and creeping fig (Ficus pumila).
Front Door Blues
Line your front steps with pots of bright blue hydrangeas for a cheery welcome. Hydrangeas turn blue in acid soil and pink in alkaline soil. To change your hydrangea’s color to blue, add 1/2 cup of garden sulfur to the soil, and to turn them pink, add garden lime.
Pair 'Vintage Harvest' hydrangea blooms with ferns and Rex begonia for an autumnal container in gorgeous, moody hues. Turn to Oakleaf hydrangea for pretty autumn foliage, because it turns deep crimson in the fall. Panicle hydrangea foliage also fades to light yellow when the weather turns crisp in autumn.
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Add a spiller plant, like this pretty tangle of stems and delicate flowers, below the clouds of blue hydrangea blooms for an easy touch to elevate a simple container.
Window Box Style
Hydrangeas make pretty, ethereal additions to home window boxes. Pair purple hues with shades of emerald green for a box that’s as eye-catching as it is easy to care for.
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Keep your container simple while your hydrangeas take center stage. Stick with a monochrome planter below when you have blooms in vibrant purple and pink hues above.
Arrange your hydrangea container alongside other compact container gardens to create an easy vignette that will brighten up your outdoor space.
Any Container Will Do
Get creative with your containers. Just because you want to plant a container garden doesn’t mean you have to invest in an enormous urn. Repurpose sturdy containers, pails, and pots into charming planters.
Keep your container interesting by planting your hydrangeas alongside other plants with varied bloom shades and architectures. This lively mix (with Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Mathilda Gutges’) keeps the eye moving, drawn across the container to the bright colors and varying leaf structures.
In your container, don’t be afraid to combine different plants within the same color scheme, as long as they also have the same sunlight and water requirements. This pairing of pale purple hydrangeas and fragrant lavender (with delicate, complementary blooms!) is simply inspired.
These teeny containers allow you to bring your hydrangea designs inside to live on your desk, bedside table, or in a windowsill. These sweet containers are planted with Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Hokomarevo.’
This container is planted with Hydrangea paniculata 'Little Quick Fire', a hot pink bloomer with perfect proportions for a patio or deck.
Up a Tree
This panicle hydrangea, Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’, makes for a stunning container when planted in its single-stem, tree-shrub form.
This teeny rebloomer, Hydrangea macrophylla Let's Dance 'Diva!', is great for small containers and any gardeners who are big on ideas and short on space.
Go big or go home. If you have space, an enormous pot of hydrangeas will take your style from simple to show-stopping.
When in doubt, stick to a monochrome palette. Blue hydrangeas in a glazed blue container adds just the right punch of cheery color.
Compact Hydrangea Blooms
Add a perfect pop of color to your garden with a container filled with a compact variety of hydrangeas.
The delicate blooms of hydrangeas are gorgeous when clustered low, near the rim of the container. Encircle your container with pretty white tulips for an additional dash of whimsy.
Southerners love hydrangeas, and with elegant containers like these, is there any doubt as to why? Plant your favorite containers with these beloved blooms (Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight'), and the neighbors will notice.
Plant pretty blue compact hydrangea (‘Mini Penny’ hydrangea) with cheery violas and deep magenta snapdragons for a sun-loving container that will make you smile.
Pale Pink Trio
An easy way to increase your container’s impact is to pair it with others. Increase the number of containers you’re featuring, and you’ll be on your way to a garden oasis in no time. This container trio is gorgeous on a deck or arranged together in your garden.
Hydrangeas can carry a container all on their own, but adding floaty complements, like trailing ivy and delicate ferns, can elevate the simplest of containers.
If you want to plant hydrangeas but don’t want to commit to bright blues or purples, cultivate a pretty pastel pink. Add this hydrangea hue to your palette; it's sure to go with any and every color scheme.
Plant this duo-chrome blooming shrub, Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Bavaria,’ for a summery, sun-loving, and eye-catching container.
For major impact, grow your hydrangeas in an unexpected container. This homeowner used an antique wheelbarrow for an infusion of history alongside bold lavender blooms.