A Tuff Stuff Mountain Hydrangea Is Tougher Than It Looks

If your reblooming hydrangea is not blooming, you might need a tougher plant. A Tuff Stuff mountain hydrangea is hardier in cold climates.

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Tuff Stuff Mountain Hydrangea Care

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Tuff Stuff Ah-Ha
  • Common name: Tuff Stuff hydrangea
  • Scientific name: Hydrangea serrata, Zones 5 to 9
  • Light needs: Part sun to full sun
  • Soil: Moist, well-draining
  • Watering needs: average
  • Attracts: Butterflies

If bigleaf types of hydrangeas are not reliably blooming in your yard, you need to meet the Tuff Stuff family. Tuff Stuff hydrangeas are also a reblooming type, bred from durable mountain hydrangeas. They flower in spring on old wood and again later in the growing season on new wood. With higher cold tolerance, mountain hydrangeas have a better chance of reblooming than bigleaf hydrangeas, so they are a better choice for gardeners in Northern zones.

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These compact plants are relatively easy to grow, even if you’ve struggled with hydrangeas in the past. Plant them in a location where they get at least 4 to 6 hours of sunlight. Regular pruning is not needed, but you will need to deadhead to remove spent flowers and remove any dead wood. The foliage is not prone to wilting, but you may need to water your shrub on very hot days.

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Tuff Stuff Ah-Ha works well in smaller gardens or containers, reaching only 2 to 3 feet tall and wide. Double florets resemble tiny waterlilies and are either pink or blue, depending on your soil acidity. Tuff Stuff Red produces a vibrant display of reddish-pink blooms. Tiny Tuff Stuff is even smaller, topping out at only 18 to 24 inches tall.

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Where to Buy Tuff Stuff Hydrangea Plants

Tiny Tuff Stuff mountain hydrangea has beautiful dark green serrated leaves that contrast the lilac-colored bloom clusters.Photos Courtesy of Proven Winners - provenwinners.com
Tiny Tuff Stuff hydrangea is small enough to grow in containers

Look for these mountain hydrangea plants at your local garden center. You can also order them online from retailers including The Home Depot.

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Lori Vanover
Lori has 20 years of experience writing and editing home, garden, birding and lifestyle content for several publishers. As Birds & Blooms senior digital editor, she leads a team of writers and editors sharing birding tips and expert gardening advice. Since joining Trusted Media Brands 13 years ago, she has held roles in digital and print, editing magazines and books, curating special interest publications, managing social media accounts, creating digital content and newsletters, and working with the Field Editors—Birds & Blooms network of more than 50 backyard birders. Passionate about animals and nature, Lori has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Environmental Communications from the University of Illinois. In 2023, she became certified as a Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener, and she is a member of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology and sits on the organization's Publications Advisory Committee. She frequently checks on her bird feeders while working from home and tests new varieties of perennials, herbs and vegetable plants in her ever-growing backyard gardens.