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.
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.
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.
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Ruby’
Similar in size to Pink Diamond with blooms turning a rosy pink and slightly darkening.
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.