This hydrangea is grown for its large, showy blooms that are much more likely to rebloom after a cold winter than some hydrangea varieties. The lace-cap style blooms open pink or purple in mid-summer, depending on pH, then reblooms again on new wood later in the summer. It has large green leaves on a compact plant.
It will reach 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide.
This plant prefers even moisture and will benefit from a thick layer of mulch to regulate soil moisture and temperature. In Kansas, it prefers afternoon shade and some morning sun. It will need supplemental water on hot days. If purple-colored blooms are desired, the soil will need to be acidified. Except for dead wood, it should only be trimmed when absolutely necessary, as trimming will remove next year’s buds for blooms. This plant may have some leaf diseases in damp conditions. Tuff Stuff Hydrangeas work well in shade gardens and sheltered foundation plantings.