Hydrangea Paniculata

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Paniculata Hydrangeas will grow and bloom in a wide variety of climates and are hardy to zone 3.  Unlike well known mophead hydrangeas, the paniculata hydrangeas require several hours of sun to do well.  If your landscape doesn’t have much shade, consider growing one of the many types of paniculatas.

Another desirable trait of all paniculatas is their tolerance for pruning.  They can be pruned any time except when they begin forming bloom heads in the summer.  The paniculata can also be pruned into a tree form, unlike other types of hydrangeas.

The name ‘paniculata’ means that most of the blooms are panicle-shaped (somewhat cone shaped) rather than rounded.  Some paniculata blooms stand up straight while some types droop.  First blooms are always white with some changing into a striking pink shade as the blooms age which extends their beauty into fall.

Paniculatas often get very large reaching 8 – 10 feet tall and wide.

Dharuma bloom

Dharuma bloom

Hydrangea paniculata “Dharuma” – Great choice for smaller landscapes as it has a dwarf, compact growth habit.  Produces white flower heads early midsummer, 4-5 weeks earlier than other selections of this species.  Flowers are sized in proportion to the plant and are striking panicle shaped blooms that emerge white, changing to a pleasing pink in late summer and fall.

Foliage is dark green with a leathery texture. Very cold hardy and sun tolerant, making it a good choice for most gardens.  Dharma blooms on new wood so prune in fall or early spring.  Grows only to 3 – 3.5 feet high and wide in 5 years.  Hardiness zones 3 – 8.  Ideal choice for smaller home landscapes.

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Summer Snow’   A different looking hydrangea with cream-tinted, pink splashed variegated leaves on upright stems.  Blooms are cream color and emerge on upright branches from mid summer to fall .  Can be grown in full sun / part sun to dappled shade.  Grows to be 5 ft tall but can easily be trained to10ft.    Summer Snow is attractive to bees, butterflies & birds  Hardiness zones 3-8.

Phantom Hydrangea

Phantom Hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Phantom’ –  Introduced from Holland, Phantom Hydrangea has proven to be a strong grower producing massive white flower heads.  Flowers emerge as pale green panicle shaped blooms in early summer turning white from July to August, then changing to pink before falling off in September.  Prefers full sun or dappled shade and has been shown to be very cold hardy.  A strong grower that reaches 6-7 feet tall & wide.  Blooms on new wood and can be pruned hard each spring to maintain desired size.  To attain larger flower heads, Phantom bushes can be cut back to 1 foot above ground

 

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Tardiva’- A late flowering (early to late autumn) cultivar with loosely-packed pointed white flower heads that turn purplish-pick with age. A vigorous fast growing deciduous shrub that can reach 8 – 12 feet tall. Extremely cold-hardy and can be grown as a single-stemmed tree shape or as a multi-stemmed shrub. Flowers are great for cutting and drying. Grow in full sun to partial shade. Blooms on current season wood so may be cut back in fall or early spring to shape and encourage more blooms.

 

Silver Dollar

Silver Dollar

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Silver Dollar’

Compact Hydrangea with strong stems and dense, slightly fragrant, white blooms that flush pink from midsummer to early fall.  Grows 4 feet tall and 5.5 feet wide. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit winner will put any garden in looking great.

 

Silver Dollar hydrangeas are deciduous and cold hardy to zone 3.  Fragrant white blooms appear each summer with the  blooms turning a pink shade in late summer to fall.  A vigorous grower with a compact shape.  Prefers sun to partial shade.

 

Pink Diamond Fall Color

Pink Diamond Fall Color

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pink Diamond’

‘Pink Diamond’ is one of my favorite paniculata hydrangeas due to it’s bright bloom and fall color. It is not a small plant, but a large shrub to 6 feet tall and often used in the landscape as a lone specimen or massed in the larger landscape to be viewed from a distance.  If your garden area is small, pruning once a year can maintain it’s form to about 4′.  White blooms appear in 12-inch long and 8-inch wide panicles in midsummer and fall.  With age,  the flower clusters take on a delicate pink blush. Unlike older forms of paniculata shrubs, Pink Diamond holds its blooms upright. Give this shrub room to spread and do its thing, sit back and enjoy.  Hardy in zones 3-9 and prefers sun to part shade.

 

Chantilly Lace Hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Chantilly Lace’

A deciduous shrub hardy in zones 3-7, ‘Chantilly Lace’ is very cold hardy but also grows where summer are hot.  White blooms appear in mid summer with flower heads up to 10 inches in length.  Blooms turn pink then red as the weather cools.  Grows to a height of 8-10 feet and spreads 5-10 feet.  Blooms on current seasons growth and can be pruned anytime except when flower heads are forming.  Can be grown in full sun to part shade.

 

 

PG Hydrangea (Grandiflora)

PG Hydrangea (Grandiflora)

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’ (also known as Pee Gee Hydrangea) 

 Although all the above hydrangeas are also paniculata type, the Grandiflora is the one generally referred to as PeeGee due to its botonical name, H. paniculata ‘Grandiflora’.  It is the most cold-hearty of all hydrangeas and are hardy in zones3 – 8.  Plant them in sun / part sun  and they will produce large cone shaped flower clusters from mid to late summer through early fall.  Cut the flowers for indoor beauty or dry the flower heads for long lasting enjoyment.

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