Best hydrangeas for pollinators

Black butterfly on white hydrangea flower

Ensuring your garden is functional is just as important as making it beautiful, which is why we emphasize pollinator-friendly plants! Plants rely on pollinators to continue their life cycle, spreading their pollen from plant to plant. Support your local ecosystem by keeping pollinators in mind as you plan your garden. With all the hard work they do, they deserve a feast, and these hydrangeas could be their sweet dessert. 

Hydrangeas may not be one of the first plants that come to mind as you plan a pollinator garden. That's because not all of them are very pollinator friendly! Hydrangea flowers are actually made of two different types of florets: fertile and sterile florets. Sterile florets are all about looks. They're big, colorful, and designed to catch the eye of pollinators. On the other hand, fertile florets are smaller, non-showy, but loaded with pollen and nectar. 

Mophead hydrangeas are packed full of sterile florets, hiding the fertile florets from pollinators. These are less pollinator-friendly compared to lacecap hydrangeas, which have their fertile florets exposed for easy access. So, when choosing hydrangeas for your pollinator garden, pick lacecap hydrangeas! 

Here are our favorite lacecap panicle hydrangeas that are sure to be all the buzz in your garden:

Hydrangea paniculata Pinky Winky® - Panicle Hydrangea

Both you and the pollinators will love their gradient of two-toned flowers, which darken to pink as they mature. This hydrangea is easy to grow and enjoy!

Hydrangea paniculata Quick Fire® - Panicle Hydrangea

Creamy white flowers bloom early in the summer and persist to frost, changing colors from white to pink as they age! Coupled with colorful fall foliage, this hydrangea creates an unmatched fall display.

Hydrangea paniculata Little Quick Fire® - Panicle Hydrangea

Take everything you love about Quick Fire®, and then make it compact! That's what you'll get with Little Quick Fire®. It's dwarf habit lends itself well to containers and smaller spaces.

Plant hydrangeas alongside butterfly bushes for an unforgettable summer display! You'll be astounded by the number of flowers, and pollinators, they both bring to the garden.

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