Tough Hydrangeas For Northwest Gardens

The winter of 2010-11 dealt three blows to gardens in the Northwest during three distinct rounds of near record cold weather and rain.  A November freeze harmed many woody plants.  Later freezes caused further damage.  These were followed by continual rain and cloudiness well into May, which allowed little sunlight and warmth during the spring.  Most plants responded by delaying their growth, some up to 6 weeks.

At Joy Creek Nursery, we usually cut back our hydrangeas at the end of February when we have labor available for winter cleanup.  We have done this for many years and our hydrangeas have always responded well and shown little sign of damage from late frosts.  This year, however, parts of our garden and stockfields look as if they suffered a total knock out.   While we did not have any hydrangeas die, many lost much of their previous year’s wood.  They are just now sending up new growth from their bases.  We do not expect much bloom from them this year.

Despite all of these set-backs, a number of hydrangeas look untouched by the winter.  Hydrangea serrata and its many cultivars did not suffer at all.  The following is a list of Hydrangea macrophylla cultivars that show little damage from the winter.

Hydrangea ‘Blue Wave’

Hydrangea ‘Mathilda Gutges’

Hydrangea ‘Merrit Supreme Blue’

Hydrangea ‘Alpengluhen’

Hydrangea ‘All Summer Beauty’

Hydrangea ‘Freudenstein’

Hydrangea ‘Gertrude Glahn’

Hydrangea ‘Lanarth White’

Hydrangea ‘Goliath’

Hydrangea ‘Veitchii’

Hydrangea ‘Trophee’

Hydrangea ‘Mariesii Lilacina’

Hydrangea ‘Mariesii Grandiflora’

Hydrangea ‘Forever Pink’


3 responses to “Tough Hydrangeas For Northwest Gardens

  1. My ‘Blue Wave’ died back, but is coming back from the roots. The only ones that made it through with no damage were ‘Limelight’ and ‘Preziosa’, but they had been in the ground for several years. Thanks for this list. What is the name of the white lacecap in the last picture?


  2. We also found that our different species types tended to do better, ‘Limelight’ being a paniculata and ‘Preziosa’ a serrata form. The white lace cap in the picture is Hydrangea ‘Lanarth White’. Thanks for the comment.


  3. Andy,

    What is the hydrangea that is white in summer, then turns rose in the fall? Do you carry this one?


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