Mopheads (Hydrangea macrophylla) are the most popular hydrangeas grown in home gardens and landscapes. Most mopheads grown today are blue or pink but a few varieties are white. These are also commonly known as French hydrangeas.

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Growing mophead hydrangeas doesn’t require a lot of work or know-how. These shrubs thrive on minimum maintenance as long as they are planted in appropriate sites. In cooler zones, they do well in full sun. But in regions with hotter summers, select a site with afternoon shade.

If you are looking for tips on how to grow a mophead hydrangea, there are only a few important things to remember. Plant these shrubs in moist, well-draining soil with plenty of elbow room.

When you first install your shrubs, include regular irrigation. After their root systems develop, their water needs decrease. In most cases, you only need to water during dry spells that last over a week. However, if you are growing mophead hydrangea in full sun, you may have to water more often. Once the summer heat passes, you can irrigate less frequently.

Mophead hydrangea care does not necessarily require pruning. If you do decide to prune hydrangea, do so right after the shrub finishes flowering.


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