Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Redwing’ (syn. ‘Rotdrossel’, ‘Teller Red’) – A lacecap form of Bigleaf Hydrangea with dark reddish-pink blooms in neutral soil and purplish-blue flowers in an acidic pH. It flowers from June right up until frost and makes an excellent cut flower for the vase. ‘Redwing’ is also suitable for greenhouse forcing. Grows 5′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 6.
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Marechal Foch’ – This older cultivar (bred back in 1924) is still one of the hardiest, often retaining its blooms after very cold winters. Here in coastal BC it tends to be a rich blue due to our often acidic soils, but rose-pink and purple are also possible depending on pH. This variety is very popular for forcing. Grows 5′ high by 5′ wide. Hardy to zone 6.
Hydrangea macrophylla WEDDING GOWN (syn. ‘Dancing Snow’) – A lacecap-type Mophead Hydrangea with an outer ring of fully double pure white florets, with the center filling in with smaller greenish-white flowers. These are nicely contrasted by dark green foliage that is mildew resistant. It is repeat blooming and can be grown in colder regions. Grows 3′ high by 3-4′. Zone 5.
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Mariesii Perfecta’ (syn. ‘Blue Wave’) – An older French cultivar with large lacecap blooms of light blue to bluish-pink outside florets and tiny inside blooms that tend to be a bit darker. This is a large rounded shrub with tapered deep green foliage. Prefers a part shade exposure, with morning sun being ideal. Grows 6 to 7′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 6.
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Europa’ – This RHS Award of Garden Merit winner features variable pink to blue (or even purple) ball-shaped blooms, depending on the pH. It has large petals that are nicely serrated and strong stems, making it ideal for cut flowers or forcing. The blooms can also be dried to make winter arrangements. Grows 6′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 6.