By: Garden Gate staff
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Beautiful panicle hydrangea!
Want a shrub covered with big, showstopping, easy-care blooms? Panicle hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata) are some of the hardiest, most durable and consistent bloomers around. Just give them moist, well-drained soil, and they’ll flower in full sun to part shade, although they need 4 to 6 hours of sun for the most flowers. Panicle hydrangea is cold-hardy in USDA zones 3 to 8 and heat-tolerant in AHS zones 8 to 1.
Keep clicking for a look at a few favorite cultivars!
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Cool summer color
‘Limelight’ produces 6- to 12-inch-tall conical flower heads that are chartreuse — especially in regions where summer temperatures are cool. In hot areas, the flowers turn creamy white.
No matter where you live, flower clusters change to a deep pink as they age. It’s possible to have soft green, white and pink blooms at the same time, all on one shrub. The heads have strong stems, so they stay upright on this 7- to 8-foot-tall-and-wide shrub better than on some cultivars.
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The fluffy flower heads of Vanilla Strawberry™ are packed with sterile florets. They start out nearly white and soon blush bright pink. You can see how they create an interesting two-tone effect here.
By fall, the entire flower head turns strawberry red. Even the strong stems have a red tint. Upright in shape, this cultivar grows 6 to 7 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide.
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Quick Fire® has flowers that open nearly a month before other varieties. Like many hydrangeas, the heads are a combination of sterile and fertile florets, with the sterile ones being largest. Check out both at left.
Flowers on this 6- to 8-foot-tall-and-wide cultivar change to rosy pink in late summer, just like you see in the inset photo.