The name says it all—this diminutive shrub throws fluffy, creamy spikes that turn to deep pink with red highlights on bold, red stems. You’ll enjoy their color in your garden before other paniculata varieties have even begun to bloom. Growing just 3–5′ tall, it’s the perfect accent for smaller spaces. A Proven Winners®/Color Choice® variety. ‘SMHPLQF’ PP 25,136
Because Paniculata Hydrangeas bloom on new growth, they typically flower normally even if the twigs have been killed back by frost. Plant in a sunny, well-drained spot; some early afternoon shade is beneficial in hot southern regions. Prune in late winter or early spring.
Hydrangea is a valuable genus of some 100 species of shrubs and vines grown for their large and very showy flower heads. Hydrangeas are at their best in summer and fall—a quiet time for most woody plants—and are worth having for that reason alone. For more information on Hydrangea care, click Growing Guide.