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Amazing Hydrangea Paniculata

Hydrangea Paniculata at Sensible Gardening and Living

Yes, it is an amazing hydrangea. Most hydrangeas require humous rich soil, lots of water and at least partial shade. That’s pretty much everything I don’t have in my garden. The hydrangea ‘aborescens’ and ‘macrophylla’ are gorgeous shrubs with their huge heads of pink and blue blooms, but are not suitable for many areas which tend to be hot and dry.

If you garden is less than ideal conditions Hydrangea ‘paniculata’ is an ideal shrub.  They are a vigorous, spreading to upright deciduous shrub with large clusters of creamy white flowers. As summer progresses flowers turn shades of pink and maroon. These shrubs do well in poor soil, full sun and less than average water.

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Hydrangea paniculata / Sensible Gardening and Living

Here are a few exceptionally good cultivars to look for at the nursery:

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pink Diamond’

Glossy green leaves, grow to about 6 feet tall. Massive blooms up to 10 inches tall open white turning shady pink as they mature.

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Hydrangea ‘Pink Diamond’ / Sensible Gardening and Living

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Angel’s Blush’

Long lasting white flower clusters turn rosy-red as they age in late summer and fall. Fast growing shrub to 8-12 feet all.

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Hydrangea’ Angel’s Blush’ / Sensible Gardening and Living

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Ruby’

Similar in size to Pink Diamond with blooms turning a rosy pink and slightly darkening.

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Hydrangea ‘Ruby’ / Sensible Gardening and Living

An added bonus to this shrub is that dried hydrangea blooms are excellent for indoor use. Simply cut the stems, pop into a basket or vase and let air dry. They look gorgeous and last for years.

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Hydrangeas drying / Sensible Gardening and Living
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Dried blooms / Sensible Gardening and Living

 

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2 thoughts on “Amazing Hydrangea Paniculata

  1. I’m very jealous, we used to live on the coast and had them everywhere too. Not so for our semi-dessert interior climate.

  2. Your hydrangeas are stunning. Big Blue Mopheads and Oakleaf Hydrangeas grow here without much help. Our hydrangea season is past its height, so it is refreshing to see them growing in other parts of the country.

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