Growing up in the southern part of the United States exposed me to plants that I love. Generally speaking, most of those plants love acidic soil and we have alkaline soil here in Utah. Plants like hydrangeas, camellias, gardenias, magnolias, etc. remind me of home. It's difficult or impossible to grow some of these plants here because of our colder, drier, arid climate. I was so pleased to find these hydrangeas a few years ago. They "tap" into my southern roots.