A Moment In The Garden

By Proven Winners

How to Identify Hydrangeas in Winter
The garden is humming with somber beauty right now. We were hungry for a little garden joy and figured you are too, so we took photos of the details to share with you. With those photos, we also put together some tips on how to identify the most common hydrangeas in the winter. If you already know which ones you have, scroll to the bottom to see what we made with their dried flowers.

Panicle Hydrangeas – Hydrangea paniculata

  • The dried flowers are cone-shaped (sometimes lacecaps).
  • The overall shape is rounded, with plenty of branching.
  • The buds are small and blend in easily.

Smooth Hydrangeas – Hydrangea arborescens

  • The dried flowers are flat or more ball-shaped, not cones.
  • The overall shape is V-like, upright with straighter stems.
  • The buds are tiny and blend in fairly easily.

Bigleaf and Mountain Hydrangeas –
Hydrangea macrophylla and Hydrangea serrata
These hydrangeas are very similar looking and some people argue that they’re the same plant, so we’ve combined them to simplify the ID process.

  • Most bigleaf hydrangeas have mophead flowers (with noticeably larger petals than a smooth hydrangea), but a few have lacecap flowers.
  • Mountain hydrangeas have flat lacecap flowers.
  • The buds are thick and kind of succulent looking.
  • They keep most of their leaves attached during winter.


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