Today I am going to talk about a flowering shrub that is making a huge comeback in the landscaping industry, Hydrangeas.  Hydrangeas are round shaped shrubs that have large bright green leaves and clusters of flowers.  The color of their flowers differ based on the variation of Hydrangea and the acidity of the soil in which they are planted.  Hydrangeas produce blue flowers in soils that are less acidic and as the acidity of the soil increases, are more likely to produce pink flowers.  Hydrangeas also have white flowers that are not affected by the acidity of the soil.  Hydrangeas grow to about 5 feet high and five feet wide and will produce flowers for the entire summer.  These shrubs do best in relatively moist soil but will be fine if the soil can not always be wet.  Hydrangeas need full sun to partial shade to bloom successfully.  The most difficult aspect of these shrubs is trimming them, generally it is best to put them somewhere where they won’t need to be trimmed.  If they do however need to be trimmed, I would recommend June, they’re blooming schedule is less likely to be harmed then.  Hydrangeas grow very fast though and will be back to their pre-trimming size before the end of the season.  For older Hydrangeas, it is good to cut them down to the base.  I like to cluster Hydrangeas in perimeter gardens or have them in a hedge formation in front of decks or porches.