21 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).
Kimberly Queen Ferns pair perfectly with French hydrangeas and 'Margarita' sweet potato vine. Flanking the front door on a shady porch, nothing is more welcoming.
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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Traditional windows get an even more classic addition with a window box filled with greens and a pop of pink hydrangeas. 'Aaron' white caladium, 'Key Lime Pie' heuchera, 'White Nancy' spotted dead nettle, holly fern, ivy, and light pink periwinkle come together beautifully.
'Invincibelle Spirit' smooth hydrangea blooms reliably, with loads of pink flowers from early summer to frost. Kept in sun to part sun, they need evenly moist soil that's well drained. Prune back in late winter to encourage new growth.
Up a Tree
This panicle hydrangea, Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight', makes for a stunning container when planted in its single-stem, tree-shrub form.
This home's white exterior with a rich blue door and blooming containers takes on a feeling of Nantucket thanks to the picture-perfect hydrangeas.
Bring it Indoors
While nothing could replace the excitement of seeing the first hydrangea blooming in the yard, it's nice that we can add the Southern favorite to any space at any time of the year. Keep these greenhouse-grown flowers healthy by watering only when the soil feels dry. If brown spots appear on their leaves and petals, they've had too much. Come springtime, you can replant them outside as shrubs.
Keep It Simple
A classic white container filled with bright blue French hydrangeas makes a statement without too much effort at the front of the porch.
Opposites on the color wheel, blue and yellow make a great pair. French hydrangeas pop with an abundance of complimentary yellow flowers.
Our three word formula for perfect window boxes? Fill, thrill, and spill. Colorful mixes of purple, blue, and pink make for a colorful addition to this home's curb appeal.
The More the Merrier
Potted hydrangeas make a statement among this avid gardener's plant collection. A variety of containers and a vintage plant stand delivers just the right amount of patina.
A row of potted blue and white hydrangeas paired with a trellis wall makes for a party-perfect backdrop. When the evening is over, the homeowners can move the pots to the front porch or spread them around the garden.
A Pop of Pink
Nothing livens up a green landscape quite like the bold shades of a pink hydrangeas in vintage vessels.
Hydrangeas with Grace
Small hydrangeas deliver a dose of lacey softness to this cascading outdoor container garden.
A Rose-Colored Dream
Soft pink hydrangeas thrive in a rustic container, adding a dose of softness to a rocky outdoor backdrop.