Hydrangea serrata 'Blue Billow'
Hydrangea serrata 'Blue Billow'

Hydrangea serrata 'Blue Billow'

SKU: S63140
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Common Name: Mountain Hydrangea
Hardiness Zone: 5-9S/W Exposure: Sun to Shade
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Blooms In: Jul
Mature Height: 4' Spacing: 5-6'
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The parents of this lovely Hydrangea serrata (Lacecap) variety were found growing on the wooded slope of a Korean mountain, which explains Blue Billow's exceptional hardiness. This shrub produces delicate clusters of light blue flowers that last for several weeks in early to midsummer (July here in Connecticut), turning a stunning deep crimson as they age. Fall foliage is an attractive shade of burgundy. Excellent in a shady border with Ferns and Astilbes. 'Blue Billow' is a reliable bloomer through Zone 6, and adventurous gardeners in Zone 5, where flowering occurs 3 or 4 years out of 5 may also wish to give it a try. It performed well at our nursery in full sun. Blooms on old wood.

For this Hydrangea, you can change the color of your blooms by using one of our soil additives, flowers will generally be more blue when grown in acid soils, and pink when grown in alkaline soils.

Hydrangea is a valuable genus of some 100 species of shrubs and vines grown for their large and very showy flower heads. Hydrangeas are at their best in summer and fall—a quiet time for most woody plants—and are worth having for that reason alone.

For more information on Hydrangea care, click on Growing Guide.




The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


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We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.



Average Customer Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars (32 Reviews) Write a Review

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Tiny plant that failed to thrive

I ordered this 'Blue Billow' Mountain Hydrangea at full price and waited months for it to ship. When it finally arrived, I was shocked at how tiny it was for the high price -- a pint-sized planter with maybe 4" height. It was planted in a properly prepared spot and babied -- water, fertilizer, mulch. While it survived our Zone 7 (very mild) winter, it sprouted no more than 3 leaves this spring and promptly died, in spite of lots of TLC. This was my first purchase directly from White Flower Farm (I've purchased their plans from local nurseries) and I will not do so again. I feel duped.
Response from White Flower FarmWhite Flower Farm Customer Sup, 8 months ago (08/15/23 09:57AM)

We truly apologize for the condition of the hydrangea upon arrival. Please note that we fully guarantee all of products for one full year. Please reach out to our customer support team so we can either issue a replacement or refund, whichever you prefer.

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Two thrived one failed

I bought three blue billows from WFF to form a small hedge. Two thrived and are now big and healthy. But one is about a quarter the size of the other two. They get the same amount of sun and same amounts of water. Last summer I wrote to WFF and sent pictures of my concern. The response was that the plant was fine and would catch up. Nope. So this fall I will buy a plant elsewhere to replace the dwarf. Just want to say in the old days WFF stood by their plants and replaced defective ones. Guess that’s not in the business model any longer.
Response from White Flower FarmWhite Flower Farm, 8 months ago (08/15/23 10:09AM)

We truly apologize for the condition of the hydrangea upon arrival. Please note that we fully guarantee all of products for one full year. Please reach out to our customer support team if this issue has not been resolved to your satisfaction as we would be happy to issue you a replacement or refund.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful. Do you? yes no  Certified buyer


I ordered this plant from WFF several years ago, and it performed beautifully in a difficult, neglected spot. I posted a rave review.
I ordered another one last week & received an email confirmation from WFF stating it had been shipped...but when I checked the UPS tracking number provided by WFF, UPS advised that the order had been "cancelled by sender."
I tried to email WFF customer service to ask why, but cd only reach a "robot" advising that no one was available to respond to my query.
Suffice it to say that I have ordered thousands of dollars worth of plants from WFF over the past decades...so if this is how they treat a "regular" customer, I wd warn prospective new customers to think twice before trusting WFF with their garden plans.
WFF deserves ZERO stars, but that wasn't an option.
Response from White Flower FarmWhite Flower Farm Customer Ser, 11 months ago (05/09/23 10:07AM)

We are so sorry for the inconvenience. You receive an email response such as the one you received after business hours. Your original tracking number was cancelled and a new tracking number was issued for your order. Your order is in route to be delivered today. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.

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Not for Virginia's Colonial Triangle

My hydrangea was ordered two years ago. It's the only White Flower Farms purchase that wasn't perfect. The plant came with a discolored leaf and spread to the entire plant. Guessing it was a virus. I should have returned it instead of trying to nurse it. After I planted it, I found. it was too dry for this shrub. Not suitable for my climate and soil.

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Beautiful Blue

I purchased one Blue Billow from WFF 18 years ago. Since then it has grown and spread into a 4ft high 12 ft long hedge - all on its own! Paniculatas may be basking in all the attention, but I adore this beautiful blue (yes, really blue!), well behaved, tough as nails shrub. And the bees love it as much as I do. Zone 6, west side of house, sun/shade.

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Latin Name Pronunciation: hye-dran'jee-uh 

Growing H. serrata

Light/Watering: Most varieties thrive in full sun in the North, but in the South require afternoon shade. Moist soils that do not dry out are best; do not plant in hot, dry, exposed sites. Mulch to conserve moisture and buffer soil temperatures.

Fertilizer/Soil and pH: In some varieties, flower color is determined by the pH of the soil; at low pH (acid soils) flowers will be blue and at higher pH, flowers will be pink. Generally, a pH below 5.0 results in deep, vivid blues and as the pH rises the flowers range from blue to lavender to mauve to a vivid deep pink at pH 7.0 (neutral). The pH determines the availability of aluminum in the soil; this element is more readily available in acid soils, and this availability results in the blue flower color. Since phosphorus ties up aluminum in soils, using a fertilizer low in this nutrient will aid in attaining blue flowers. If pink flowers are desired and your soil is acid, simply add lime to raise the pH and use a balanced fertilizer. Aluminum sulfate will lower pH if blue flowers are desired.

How to test your soil?

We recommend that you visit your local Cooperative Extension Service to find out about soil testing in your area. Follow this link for a directory of institutions involved in the Cooperative Extension program.

Pests/Diseases: None serious. Occasionally powdery mildew will infect the foliage, especially in humid areas with poor air circulation. Treat with an appropriate fungicide if the problem is serious, and be sure to rake up and destroy all fallen foliage in the autumn.

Pruning: Little pruning is needed, but if shrubs grow too large, cut back stems by about one-third by the end of August. In spring, only prune out dead wood. Most Hydrangea serrata varieties bloom on old wood. H. s. Tuff Stuff™ is a variety that blooms on both old and new wood. If no fall pruning was done, stems can be cut back by one-third in spring if necessary—but this will sacrifice the bloom on the old wood and shrubs will not flower until late summer.

Transplanting: Young plants may be transplanted when dormant in early spring; larger tree-form varieties are difficult to move once established, but it can be done. Prune top growth after transplanting to reduce water loss.

End of Season Care: Rake up and destroy any fallen foliage that was infected by powdery mildew or other fungi.

Calendar of Care

Early Spring: Prune out any dead wood from all varieties. Check soil pH and adjust up or down if needed for desired flower color. Feed plants with a fertilizer high in phosphorus (such as 15-30-15) to encourage blooms. Complete any transplanting before leaves unfurl.

Mid-Spring: Mulch plants after soil has warmed to conserve moisture and buffer soil temperatures. Watch for powdery mildew and treat as needed.

Summer: As soon as blooms fade, remove old flowering stems. If needed, prune as indicated above by the end of August.

Fall: Remove and destroy any fallen foliage that was infected by powdery mildew. If not pruned in spring, plants can be shortened, or pruned back to the ground.

For more information on growing Hydrangeas, click here.



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