Easy Growing Panicled Hydrangea

Grow Panicled Hydrangea plants

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!

Beautiful Panicled Hydrangea

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

Learn more about the panicled hydrangea plant and see if t might be a good option for your yard. #Hydrangea, #GardenFlowers


  1. daisy says:

    What a beautiful plant! I hadn’t heard of this one, but it sounds like a winner. I will be adding an oakleaf hydrangea to my garden sometime in the fall. So glad they grow well here in the Piedmont, we could never have them in FL.

    1. Carole says:

      They look very similar, one called fired and ice is really pretty and I bet they would also dry nice.

  2. Patti says:

    Love them and I have several. They are easy, just like you said. I try to prune them back every spring but even those I don’t get to seem to do well. One of my favorites is Limelight. It can grow very tall but is easily pruned to a manageable height and the pretty greenish blooms are gorgeous and plentiful. I do love that they bloom on new wood because many of my mophead varieties only bloom on old wood and more than often the buds freeze during a cold snap in the spring. Definitely one to try.

    1. Carole says:

      Awesome, thanks for that information. It will be a few years before I introduce a few. Funny we’ve barely begun on our project at Quail Grove and I’m already thinking about where and what our next place will be like. I could be ready to move… LOL

  3. mickie mclaughlin says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE hydrangeas. I haven’t seen this one before. Look at the size of the leaves on this beauty. If it grows so fast, I would think it would need to be pruned or cut back regularly if you didn’t want a huge specimen. I have several hydrangeas in my yard and all are so easy to care for. I cut back the growth to about 8 inches each spring and it doesn’t interfere with new growth or flowering. Thanks for sharing this “new” one. I can see one of these in my future.

    1. Carole says:

      They are pretty, we had a few growing up and my grandma added one much later that was a nice shade of pink. I agree trimming would seem to be a yearly thing so maybe planting as a centerpiece by itself in a front yard would be a neat option.

  4. Carla from Kansas says:

    I have one called Strawberry Vanilla with beautiful blooms. Check out “Garden Answer” on YouTube. Laura has some excellent videos on hydrangeas.

    1. Carole says:

      Awesome – thanks for sharing!

  5. I need & would like suggestions for a plant or plants (hedge or perennials) to be planted in a fully shaded bed (under a Big oak tree) against a brick wall on the south side of our house. Please advise.

    Kindest regards,
    Rita Pierson

    1. Carole says:

      I like to always recommend native plants so you’ll want to check on some of these suggestions prior to planting and if I have links I’ll include.
      Bloomers – the bleeding heart is nice > https://www.gardenupgreen.com/2016/02/planting-bleeding-hearts.html

      Astilbe is also really pretty and comes in a variety of colors and some hydrangea varieties also do really well in shaded varieties and you can get dwarf plants if size is a concern.

      Lily of the valley is also nice but it can be known to take over.

      For green options – look into ferns and hosta all very easy care when planted outdoors. Sometimes you can even mix in a few spring bulbs so you have color sprouting prior to summer.

      Thanks for asking got me thinking this would be a neat article idea.

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