WEE BIT GIDDY® Bigleaf Hydrangea

Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 2' Width/Spread: 2.5'

These deeply saturated blooms catch your attention and keep it! Wee Bit Giddy® bigleaf hydrangea has large mophead blooms that are either red-pink in average soil or dark purple in soil treated with aluminum sulfate. A tight, compact habit filled with strong stems and glossy foliage makes a great supporting cast for these impressive flowers.  The best news yet is the Long blooming! In the summertime, it flushes with color from old wood buds, and later on, it produces a fresh crop of flowers from new wood! So, if a late winter cold snap or an incorrectly timed pruning session strikes, you’ll still get a flower show.

Why grow Wee Bit Giddy® bigleaf hydrangea?

  • It reblooms throughout summer
  • Impressive flower color in any soil
  • No pruning needed


Light: Full sun to Part Sun. In warmer zones, 8 and above, it will benefit placement from afternoon shade.

Soil: Prefers moist soil that drains easily. Any period of extended sogginess will not be tolerated. Soil pH affects flower color, and it will be its deepest, moodiest purple in acidic soils. Add a little aluminum sulfate if a soil test reveals that you have neutral or basic pH (7 and above).

Water: Average water needs.

Fertilizing: Nothing special required. If desired, you may apply a granular fertilizer formulated for woody plants in late winter/early spring when the soil is workable.

Pruning: Pruning is not recommended, as any cuts will affect blooming. Dead or damaged wood can be removed at any time! For damaged wood, prune about 1/4 of an inch above a set of leaves.

Other: It can be used as a cut flower! For its longest vase life, cut vertically up the stem about 2″. This will help it absorb more water.

Botanical Name

Hydrangea macrophylla 'SMNHML' PP#32,317, CBRAF


5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Flower Color

Pink, Purple, Red

Foliage Color







Full Sun, Part Sun


Average, Moist

Season of Interest



Borders, Containers, Cutting Gardens, Edging, Ground Cover, Low Hedges, Mass Planting


Alkaline soil, Clay soil, Compact, Cut flower, Long blooming, Salt tolerant

Blooms On

Old and new wood


Tim Wood


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