15 Late Blooming Hydrangea Varieties for Beautiful Summer Blooms

Are you looking for some late-blooming hydrangeas to add to your garden? There are several types of hydrangea that will bloom later in the season. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago shares some of her favorites, with names and pictures of each!

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We know hydrangeas as being the belle of the summer ball. Like many plants, there are different bloom times within a genus and hydrangeas are no different. Some species will bloom early in the summer, whereas some are considered late blooming.

Hydrangeas are beautiful shrubs that are easy to grow. These plants come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. There truly is a species for every garden.

Are you searching for a hydrangea that will fill your garden with bountiful flowers later in the summer? Let’s take a look at 15 late blooming hydrangea varieties that could work for you.

BloomStruck®

Close-up of blooming Hydrangea ‘Bloomstruck’ in the garden. The bush is lush, has dark green heart-shaped foliage and globular inflorescences of purple flowers with a hint of green.
This late blooming variety is a reblooming and produces beautiful purple flowers with a hint of green.
botanical-name botanical name Hydrangea macrophylla ‘PIIHM-II’ PP25,566
bloom-colors bloom colors Purple, Blue, and Green
height height 3-4 feet tall
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-9
where-to-plant where to plant Border gardens, Container gardens, Perennial gardens

BloomStruck® is a member of the Endless Summer® collection. This variety is reblooming. They start their season blooming on old wood and then will bloom again later on new wood. This new wood bloom helps to extend the bloom time later into the season.

This hydrangea bears beautiful purple flowers with hints of green and blue on top of stems with hints of purple throughout. The flowers are mophead and can reach up to 5 inches across.  In the autumn the lush green foliage will turn to a shade of red. This plant provides multi-season interest for your gardens.

Blushing Bride®

Close-up of a blooming Blushing Bride hydrangea bush in a mulched garden bed. The bush is young, low, lush, has large heart-shaped dark green leaves with serrated edges. The inflorescences are spherical, consist of creamy white flowers with blush-pink hues.
Blushing Bride produces delightful creamy white flowers tinged with blush pink.
botanical-name botanical name Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Blushing Bride’ PP17,169
bloom-colors bloom colors White and Light Pink, to Purple
height height 3-6 feet tall
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-9
where-to-plant where to plant Border gardens, Container gardens, Cutting gardens, Foundation gardens

This is another member of the Endless Summer® collection. Like its famous companions, Blushing Bride will rebloom throughout the summer.

The flowers on Blushing Bride are a creamy white with some hints of blush pink. As the season progresses the flowers may turn to a nice shade of purple. This all depends on the pH of your soil. These flowers are large, growing up to 9 inches across.

The Original Endless Summer®

Close-up of Endless Summer the Original hydrangea inflorescence blooming against dark green foliage. The inflorescence is spherical, consisting of many four-petalled sterile true blue flowers with whitish centers.
This charming shrub has beautiful blue or pink flowers.
botanical-name botanical name Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Bailmer’
bloom-colors bloom colors Blue, Pink
height height 3-5 feet tall
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-9
where-to-plant where to plant Container gardens, Foundation gardens, Perennial gardens

The hydrangea that started it all! The Original Endless Summer® hydrangea is extremely popular and forgiving. It’s no wonder we have grown to love the collection so much. This variety is the first to rebloom on new and old wood, which makes it a favorite of many gardeners.

This variety will be covered in perfect blue or pink flowers, depending on the pH of your soil. These flowers will grow to about 9 inches across. The leaves are an attractive light green, which perfectly accents the colorful flowers. This is a mounded growing shrub that will fit nicely into many spaces in your gardens.

Pop Star®

Close-up of a blooming 'Pop star' hydrangea bush in a sunny garden. The bush is lush, has beautiful round lacy inflorescences consisting of blue-green fertile flowers in the center, which are surrounded by sterile large purple-blue flowers. The leaves are large, heart-shaped, dark green, with serrated edges and pointed tips.
Pop Star® produces dark blue lacy flowers which may turn pink due to soil pH sensitivity.
botanical-name botanical name Hydrangea macrophylla ‘BAILMACSIX’ PP33,703
bloom-colors bloom colors Pink, Blue
height height 2-3 feet tall
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-9
where-to-plant where to plant Border gardens, Container gardens, Cutting gardens, Perennial gardens

This is the newest addition to the Endless Summer® collection, and it is a beauty! Pop Star® is covered in deep blue lacecap flowers. These flowers will be pinkish if they are grown in alkaline soil, so run a pH test!

This hydrangea is on the smaller side making it useful in short border gardens. The leaves on Pop Star® are deep rich green, allowing the flowers to pop. Pop Star® is a really good choice for warmer climates, as it has been shown to stand the test of heat.

Twist-n-Shout®

Close-up of a blooming 'Twist-n-shout' hydrangea bush in a sunny garden. The plant has large, heart-shaped green leaves with serrated edges, and beautiful lacy inflorescences of loose, small, fertile purplish-pink inflorescences surrounded by sterile, large, four-petalled pink flowers.
Twist-n-Shout is a reblooming variety that produces lovely lacecap pink-purple flowers.
botanical-name botanical name Hydrangea macrophylla ‘PIIHM-I’ PP20,176
bloom-colors bloom colors Pink
height height 3-5 feet tall
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-9
where-to-plant where to plant Border gardens, Container gardens, Foundation gardens, Perennial gardens

Yet another variety from the Endless Summer® collection. These reblooming hydrangeas are as dependable as they are beautiful.

Twist-n-Shout® is a lacecap variety of bigleaf hydrangeas.

This variety tends to be in shades of pink, so if you are looking for more blue or purple shades test your soil to see if you need to amend it! It will be full of beautifully blooming lacecap flowers from summer into fall.

Seaside Serenade® Newport

Close-up of a blooming hydrangea bush 'Seaside serenade Newport' in a sunny garden. The flowers are large, spherical, composed of many purple-blue flowers, densely grouped. The leaves are dark green, textured, oval, with pointed tips and serrated edges.
This late blooming variety produces delightful purple-blue flowers that are very sensitive to soil pH.
botanical-name botanical name Hydrangea macrophylla ‘HORTMANI’ PP #28,085
bloom-colors bloom colors Purple-Blue, Pink
height height 3-4 feet tall
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-9
where-to-plant where to plant Border gardens, Container gardens, Foundation gardens

Seaside Serenade® Newport is a reblooming variety that is covered in beautiful purple to blue blossoms. These flowers are born from lime green flower buds, which contrast nicely when the second round of blooms comes in.

These flowers are sensitive to the soil’s pH. Acidic soil will favor blue hydrangea blooms, while alkaline soil will favor pink blooms.

Plant Seaside Serenade® Newport almost anywhere in your garden where it will get partial shade. The leaves on this hydrangea are a lush shade of green and do not offer much in terms of fall color.

Summer Crush®

Close-up of 'Summer crush' hydrangea in bloom surrounded by dark green foliage with serrated edges. The semicircular inflorescence consists of many bright crimson four-petal flowers.
Summer Crush® is a repeat blooming variety that produces neon green flowers that quickly turn bright pink.
botanical-name botanical name Hydrangea macrophylla ‘BAILMACFIVE’ PP30,359
bloom-colors bloom colors Raspberry Pink
height height 2-3 feet tall
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-9
where-to-plant where to plant Border gardens, Container gardens, Perennial Gardens

Another variety of the Endless Summer® bunch is Summer Crush®. This reblooming hydrangea is covered in raspberry-colored mophead flowers. These flowers will bloom neon green quickly taking on a bright pink or purple color.

Summer Crush® is an excellent-sized dwarf variety, making it very easy to slip into your garden. While it would make a great container plant, Summer Crush® would also be the star of your perennial gardens.

Berry White®

Large flowering hydrangea bush ‘Berry white’ in the garden. The bush is lush, has oval, dark green leaves with jagged edges and large cone-shaped panicles consisting of many small crimson-pink and cream flowers.
This variety of hydrangea paniculata has beautiful cone-shaped white panicles that change color to raspberry-pink during the season.
botanical-name botanical name Hydrangea paniculata ‘RENBA’
bloom-colors bloom colors White and Pink to Raspberry Pink
height height 6-8 feet tall
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-8
where-to-plant where to plant Foundation garden, Privacy Hedge

Berry White® is a really beautiful late-blooming variety. Blooming on upright branches, the flowers of Berry White® will be white and will reach up to 6 inches in length. As the season progresses, so will the color of the blossoms. From bottom to top, the flower petals will age from pink to raspberry pink.

Berry White® is a nice tall hydrangea that would be beautiful if planted in a mass. It would also serve nicely as a statement plant and can make a beautiful privacy hedge. Be sure to snag a couple of these blossoms for your indoor arrangements!

Bobo®

Top view, close-up of blooming Hydrangea ‘Bobo’ in a sunny garden. The plant has large panicles of many small cream sterile flowers.
This dwarf variety produces large, cream-colored paniculate flowers.
botanical-name botanical name Hydrangea paniculata ‘Ilvobo’
bloom-colors bloom colors White to Pink
height height 2-3 feet tall
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-8
where-to-plant where to plant Border gardens, Container gardens, Perennial gardens

Bobo® hydrangeas are a classic and well-loved bushy dwarf variety. This hydrangea will be covered head to toe in beautiful white panicle flowers.

As the flowers age they take on a pretty shade of pink that will last into the fall. The lush foliage is a deep green, with no real appreciable fall color.

This is a great hydrangea to tuck into small perennial gardens or shorter borders. Or try using it in a container on your patio.

‘Candy Apple’

Close-up of a blooming Candy Apple hydrangea inflorescence against a blurred garden background. The inflorescence is large, rounded, consists of many pale green sterile four-petal flowers.
‘Candy Apple’ blooms with charming light green flowers that turn pinkish in the fall.
botanical-name botanical name Hydrangea paniculata ‘Candy Apple’
bloom-colors bloom colors Light Green to Creamy White
height height 4-5 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-8
where-to-plant where to plant Border gardens, Container gardens, Mass plantings

If you are looking for a midsize hydrangea ‘Candy Apple’ is a beautiful choice for your gardens. The flowers on the ‘Candy Apple’ will bloom in a light shade of green.

As they age they spend most of the season creamy white. When fall approaches you will notice that your flowers will be speckled with pink. The foliage is a bright green, taking on some tones of copper during the fall.

Fire and Ice®

Close-up of blooming 'Fire and Ice' hydrangeas against a blurred green background. The plant has conical inflorescences of rich pink loose four-petal flowers.
‘Wilms Red’, or Fire and Ice®, is a cold and heat-tolerant hydrangea variety that produces delightful white flowers that turn pink and bright red in autumn.
botanical-name botanical name Hydrangea paniculata ‘Wims Red’
bloom-colors bloom colors Green to White to Pink/Red
height height 3-6 feet tall
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-8
where-to-plant where to plant Foundation gardens, Perennial gardens

Fire and Ice® offers gardeners a species that is both cold and heat-tolerant. This pretty panicle hydrangea oftentimes will have three different colors on its flowers.

The conical flowers will begin their summer journey as green, mature to white, and finally, fade to pink or a bright red. These blossoms are not only long-lasting in your garden, but will last for a few weeks in a vase inside.

‘Limelight’

Close-up of a blooming Hydrangea 'Limelight' bush. The bush is large, lush, consists of many dark green serrated foliage and large cone-shaped inflorescences of densely packed sterile greenish-cream flowers.
‘Limelight’ blooms from summer to autumn with beautiful greenish flowers that turn red towards the end of the season.
botanical-name botanical name Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’
bloom-colors bloom colors Pale Green, fades to cream/pink/red
height height 6-8 feet tall
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-9
where-to-plant where to plant Foundation gardens, Mass plantings, Privacy screen

Ah, the beloved ‘Limelight’. Is there any list I won’t try to squeeze this variety into? It is just so perfect. ‘Limelight’ is an excellent addition to any garden. This hydrangea will begin to bloom later in the summer and will last well into the fall.

The flowers will hold on to their green for most of the season and will fade to pink or red in the fall. As the leaves change to red, the leaves will also take on a pretty autumnal shade of red.

Pinky Winky®

Close-up of a blooming hydrangea 'Pinky winky' bush in a sunny garden. The plant has large, loose, cone-shaped panicles of sterile flowers pink below and creamy white above.
Pinky Winky® is a popular panicle hydrangea that produces creamy white flowers that turn pink from the bottom up.
botanical-name botanical name Hydrangea paniculata ‘DVPPINKY’ Pinky Winky®
bloom-colors bloom colors Creamy White and Pink
height height 6-8 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-8
where-to-plant where to plant Foundation gardens, Mass plantings, Privacy screen

Another great and very popular panicle hydrangea is Pinky Winky®. This variety has flowers that can reach up to one foot in length. These flowers will be creamy white until they begin to age and turn pink from the bottom up.

For some extra detail, the stems of Pinky Winky® are a deep purple. Unlike many hydrangeas with large flowers, these stems will not flop under the heavy weight. The foliage on Pinky Winky® is light green and does not have any notable fall color. This particular variety can grow in full sun, similar to other panicles.

‘Tardiva’

A close-up of a 'Tardiva' hydrangea inflorescence against a blurred backdrop of a garden. The inflorescence is large, oblong, conical, of loosely packed white flower heads. The leaves are oval, dark green, slightly toothed.
This late blooming hydrangea produces white cone-shaped inflorescences.
botanical-name botanical name Hydrangea paniculata ‘Tardiva’
bloom-colors bloom colors White to Light Pink
height height 3-6 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-8
where-to-plant where to plant Foundation gardens, Perennial gardens

‘Tardiva’ is noted as one of the last hydrangeas to bloom in the summer. The white flowers of ‘Tardiva’ are still cone-shaped, but the flowers are not as dense as a lot of other panicle hydrangeas. This makes ‘Tardiva’ a great fit for a whimsical or cottage garden. As the white flowers age, they will turn a light shade of pink.

The foliage on ‘Tardiva’ is bright green and will turn yellow and purple in the fall. Try pruning ‘Tardiva’ into a tree form for a special interest plant for your garden.

Tuff Stuff™

Close-up of a flowering bush of Hydrangea serrata Tuff Stuff in a sunny garden. The bush is lush, has large, dark green, jagged leaves and lacy flowers of dark pink color. Each flower is filled with pale green and pinkish fertile buds in the center and pink infertile buds around the edges.
‘Tuff stuff’ is a delightful variety that blooms late with lacy deep pink flowers.
botanical-name botanical name Hydrangea serrata ‘SMNHSDD’ Tuff Stuff™
bloom-colors bloom colors Pink, Purple-blue
height height 2-3 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-9
where-to-plant where to plant Border gardens, Container gardens, Mass planting

Mountain Hydrangeas are for those gardeners who love bigleaf hydrangeas but worry about the winter temperature negatively affecting their plants.

Tuff Stuff™ is a beautiful late-blooming mountain hydrangea. The lacecap flowers of ‘tuff stuff’ are red or deep pink and very long-lasting. The green foliage will turn red in the fall.

Tuck Tuff Stuff™ into your perennial gardens, or your shorter borders. If you are looking for something even smaller try its dwarf variety Tiny Tuff Stuff™ will max out at 2 feet.

Final Thoughts

Any of these hydrangeas would make lovely additions to your gardens. Their flowers will last you into the fall, and beyond if you let them dry on the plant.

Hydrangeas do not respond to deadheading the way that other plants do. Removing blossoms will not promote new blooms to form within the same growing season. Enjoy the flowers on the plant or snip a few stems to enjoy in your home in a vase!

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