Hydrangea paniculata – Information and Care
A fairly easy to grow hydrangea and one with a little difference is Hydrangea paniculata. The name gives it away, yes the flowers are held in large cone like panicles rather than the rounded heads of macrophylla and others. H.paniculata grandiflora has large flower heads and is known as the “Pee Gee Hydrangea”. (picture right)
Originally from the hills of Japan and China H. paniculata is probably easier to grow than the better known H. macrophylla, but suffers from a lack of promotion. It is seen as more drought tolerant, better able to cope with sun, cold hardy and not that fussy about soil ph.
H. paniculata praecox flowers early and although the flowers are not as big they are very attractive.
We also have lots of named cultivars including ‘Pink Diamond’ that has flowers that open white but quickly turn a nice pink
Plant Profile, Information and Growing Hints
Pruning is easy, just remove the spent flower heads to tidy up then in late winter or early spring prune to a side shoot on one year old growth, just above the older wood. Again is frost prone areas it is best to leave pruning until the worst of the frosts are over.
Hydrangea paniculata are not that fussy about soil, but the usual humus rich moist but well drained condition are best. Light shade, and mulch well to maintain a cool root run. Seaweed fertiliser and some aged compost and cow manure as mulch works well.
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