Red Hydrangea - A Guide to Red Hydrangeas

Red Hydrangea

Red hydrangeas are luxurious flowers. Rich and healthy looking, they are the definition of passionate, exotic love. They are suitable for weddings and they can really blow your girlfriend’s mind if mixed with the right flowers.

Red Hydrangea Description

  • Family: Hydrangeaceae
  • Origin: The name of the red “hydrangea” is a derivative from the Greek hydra, which means water and angeion, which means jug, referring to the shape of the head of the flower. Originally, the red hydrangea can be found in South Eastern Asia, but you can also find it in the Andes.
  • Sun exposure: Red hydrangeas prefer filtered sun.
  • Height: Red hydrangeas grow from 3 to 4 feet.
  • Soil: Red hydrangeas' soil should be moist and well drained. The soil pH should be maintained at about 6.5 and its composition should be rich. Also, a red hydrangea can be obtained by its grower if he/she adds lime to the composition of the soil. The color will not be pure, but you will get a reasonable shade of red.
  • Leaves: Red hydrangeas' leaves are little, oval shaped, quite coarse and green in color.
  • Blooming time: Red hydrangeas bloom for about 6 to 8 weeks in summer.
  • Maintenance: Red hydrangeas should be watered regularly and fertilized, but not before two or three months after planting, as this might damage the plant. If needed, prune your red hydrangeas in late fall.
  • Propagation method: Red hydrangeas can be propagated through rooting and ground layering or from stem cuttings.

Red Hydrangea Species

There are four types of hydrangeas: Hydrangea macrophylla, Hydrangea arborescens, Hydrangea quercifolia, and Hydrangea paniculata. Red hydrangeas can be found in species like: Quick Fire, Lady in Red, Glowing Ember, Red Star, Golden Sunlight, Harmony or Alice, Forever and Ever Red Hydrangea.

Red Hydrangea Meaning

The red hydrangea is a symbol of love and gratitude. It inspires enlightenment and it is a perfect representation for understanding. As well, red hydrangeas may symbolize, due to their color, passion and pure desire. So vibrant and powerful, the red hydrangeas are strong flowers representing affection.

Red Hydrangeas Arrangements

Red hydrangeas are quite popular and are highly used in arrangements. Used in wedding ceremonies, for table centerpieces, red hydrangea arrangements will surely leave an impression on all your guests.

Red hydrangea arrangements are also a very popular gift on Easter or Mother’s Day, so you may want to remember this. If you ever feel like picking red hydrangeas for your arrangements, choose and mix them wisely, combining exotic flowers like Asiatic lilies and alstroemeria with your red hydrangeas.

For wedding red hydrangea arrangements, mix your red hydrangeas with cream roses like this: circle about 16 cream roses with fresh red hydrangea and your tables will have the elegance of a ball room.

Red Hydrangea Bouquets

Red hydrangea bouquets are very passionate, either kept simple, with some gypsophila on the sides, surrounding them, or mixed with a tall velvet rose with berries and eucalyptus accents.

You can either keep you red hydrangea bouquet in soft colors like creamy white, pale yellow and orange, or you can spice it up by using blue, purple and sunny yellow with your red shade.

Round red hydrangea bouquets look lovely with white roses in the middle, so if you ever wonder how to best use your red hydrangeas, always think of the white roses and your bouquet will be a definite success.

Red Hydrangeas in Gardens

Red hydrangeas should be planted in spots where they can get partial sun. Make sure the soil in which you place them is right for your red hydrangeas. The acidity of the soil may change the color of the red hydrangea, so be very careful when using fertilizers. To preserve the deep red color of your red hydrangea, use lots of lime in soil composition. Thus, from pure pale shades of pink hydrangeas, you will get deep, hot red hydrangeas.

As a decorative tip, place the red hydrangea near an orchid tree, for an exotic look. Your neighbors will envy every inch of your garden.


Red hydrangeas may have up to three weeks vase life. But for that to happen, you should give them plenty of water, make sure it is always fresh and clean, snip their stems from time to time and keep them in moderate temperature.

Red hydrangeas are slightly toxic, so keep them away from children or pets!

Red hydrangeas have that exotic vibe that makes you go crazy about them! They are powerful, strong flowers, that define love in a way that only red roses can!