Late Blooming Hydrangea Varieties For Fall Color

A blooming hydrangea in front of autumn leaves
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Hydrangea bushes are a popular addition to the home landscape. With their large flowers and long bloom time, it’s easy to understand why so many gardeners have come to love this shrub. Depending upon the type, you can expect your hydrangeas to begin blooming some time between mid and late summer. Late flowering hydrangeas are especially attractive, as blooms will persist until the arrival of the first frost in autumn. Below, we will discuss some of the most popular late summer blooming hydrangea varieties available. 

  1. Bobo - When it comes to hydrangeas, late blooming cultivars like Bobo are an excellent choice for small gardens. This dwarf hydrangea produces masses of large, bright white blooms. As the weather cools, each flower fades to varying shades of light pink. As a paniculata type, Boho will produce flowers on new growth each season. 
  2. Let’s Party - For those who plant this variety of hydrangea, fall color is almost guaranteed. A macrophylla type, Let’s Party produces immense mophead flowers. Its blooms open in mid-summer to display beautiful hues of green and pink. As time progresses, the flower colors will morph to brilliant true pink tones. When planting this variety you should note that blooms may experience color change, depending on the pH of your garden soils. 
  3. Limelight - Reaching up to 8 feet (2.5 m.) at maturity, Limelight is among the largest of late summer blooming hydrangeas. This paniculata variety produces large green-white flower spikes that are held upright on exceptionally strong stems. As the flowers age, each fades to display various shades of pink and red. Limelight hydrangeas are a good choice for planting near property borders or to use as living privacy screens
  4. Tardiva - Tardiva plants are among the longest blooming hydrangea types; growers report that flowers frequently persist into early fall. This cultivar differs slightly due to the unique, lace-like appearance of each cluster of blooms. This large specimen is best used as an accent in flower beds or in foundation plantings. 
  5. Tuff Stuff - Another type of hydrangea known to produce lacy blooms, Tuff Stuff produces flowers in vibrant pink shades. Because of its ability to rebloom throughout the growing season, gardeners can rest assured that flower beds will be bursting with color until the arrival of the first frost. Like some other types, their color may change or shift slightly depending on soil conditions. 
Tonya Barnett

Tonya Barnett has been gardening for 13 years. Flowers are her passion. She has transformed her backyard into a cut flower garden, which she regularly chronicles on her YouTube channel