Panicle hydrangeas are low-maintenance
Looking for a shrub that will have big showy blooms that even look good in winter? You’ve just found it — panicle hydrangea! Like common lilac, another old favorite, you’ll often find these shrubs growing in gardens where they may have been neglected for years. Even with no care, they still look good.
They bloom reliably on new wood every year. This is one of the hardiest and easiest hydrangeas to grow and it is adaptable to a wide range of garden conditions. Though they don’t need pruning, panicle hydrangeas will look neater if you at least remove any of last year’s blossoms that are still hanging on in early spring. New buds are formed in late spring on new growth, so they aren’t typically damaged by cold.
Panicle hydrangeas are tough shrubs
Panicle hydrangeas are some of the hardiest, most durable and consistent bloomers I’ve ever seen. They take either sun or shade, although they need 4 to 6 hours of sun to bloom their best. The flowers are in clusters, kind of like a big lilac. They start out green or white, but most take on a pleasing pink tint as they age.
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Panicle hydrangeas have multiseason interest
When many other flowering shrubs and perennials have passed their peak, these deciduous panicle hydrangeas continue their season-long performance, with abundant, attention-grabbing cream-to-pink flowers that dry to shades of linen for autumn and winter interest. Better yet to extend their performance, newer varieties have been bred to re-bloom throughout the season.
Which panicle hydrangea should I grow?
Breeders have introduced lots of new cultivars of panicle hydrangeas. Many are smaller, so they can fit all kinds of situations including containers. Some have interesting flower colors, shapes and sizes. And gardeners are discovering how great these shrubs are. Check out a few you should consider adding to your garden in the gallery below.