Last month when I took y’all on a tour of the Biedenharn gardens I skipped sharing their Panicled Hydrangea. I wanted to do a little research first because this one grabbed my attention right away as I hadn’t seen it before.
It was beautifully planted along this brick path and I couldn’t decide if I like the foliage or floral blooms more. It was very striking and after a little research I learned it was from the hydrangea family. The foliage kept me guessing, it was massive and very healthy.
I guess what I discovered here is to never second guess yourself.
At this point I became even more interested in this shrub, because I haven’t had the best experience growing hydrangeas down south.
This variety is perfect for zones 3 – 9 which made me realize I had to share it with y’all.
Here’s the kicker, the Panicled Hydrangea is heat, cold and drought tolerant. No other hydrangea offers these three perks which is probably why it was doing so magnificent here in the south.
Easy Growing Tips
- Thrives in full sun – 6 hours a day.
- Pests don’t bother with it – Chlorosis can occur in alkaline soils.
- Prefers moist soil with good drainage.
The Panicled Hydrangea is native to China and Japan which is no wonder I liked it because Robert is always telling me I have a very Japanese garden style. I guess because everything is organized and natural looking, honestly, I’m not really sure…
It will bloom later than other species, summer into fall offering lots of color to fills in the gaps. This is perfect for those of us further south when the garden begins to look a little wilted towards the end of July through August.
This variety was obviously white but it comes in assorted colors that will be deeper in color for those in the north, colder temps enhance their color.
You’re so lucky!
The blooms form off the branches that grow in the current season, so even a harsh winter does not stop the flower growth, another perk!
The flowers are held upright on very sturdy stems and that green foliage makes the most amazing contrast. Which means this could be used as a cut flower in vase arrangements.
I can see it now – they would look amazing draped on an elegant table used as a centerpiece.
It’s Also Fast Growing
When transplanting you’ll want to offer plenty of room to grow as it can range in size. Dwarf plants are anywhere from 2 – 3 feet high and larger shrubs can expand 15 to 20 feet.
Make account for the width because the one from our tour was massive and they grow fast.
I could see a driveway lined with this variety or they would be perfect at the front of a garden entrance. I’m already planning out ideas for when Robert and I get settled.
These hydrangeas are on the top of my list along with my favorite coral drift roses.
Needless to say, I’m thrilled with this discovery, I pretty much gave up on hydrangeas years ago as they never recovered from our hot summers. The question is, why did it take so long for me to find this beauty?
It’s my hope you may want to add this to your landscaping because it’s going to be a real show stopper that easy to grow.
NOTE: After writing this y’all and Daisy commenting that she’d be planting the Oakleaf Hydrangea I noticed some similarites between the two. I went to Monrova’s website where they have many photos and I guess it’s the foliage that has me digging deeper.
Regardless, the Panicled would still be my go to because it’s easy to grow which is perfect for my lifestyle. The two are also so similar so why not go with the Panicle Hydrangea?
You may enjoy all the visuals found on Monrova’s site here.
Even better you can click their “Find a Garden Center” option for purchasing. Have a Great day, Carole