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Hydrangeas are water-loving shrubs that are popular for their big, beautiful flowers. Hydrangeas look beautiful when adorning your garden thanks to their verdant foliage and gorgeous blooms, but are also often used in cut flower bouquets for special occasions like weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries. Despite their beauty, many people feel intimidated about adding hydrangeas to their garden because they are sometimes perceived as being difficult to grow.

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1. History of the Hydrangea

Hydrangeas have existed for millions of years. In North America, scientists found ancient hydrangeas fossils that may have been from as far back as 65 million years ago. Hydrangeas also grow as natives in Japan and Indonesia. They have even been found growing wild in the Himalayan mountains. The Japanese were the first to cultivate the plant and begin selecting for different traits. Hydrangeas were not known in Europe until 1736 when a colonist from the New World brought a North American varietal back to England.

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