The Cary Award Winner 2010 - Panicle Hydrangea

Its official!
This year's Cary Award (Outstanding Plants for New England Gardens)  goes to.....Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata)  and its cultivars.

The cultivar that we often associate with panicle Hydrangea is''Grandiflora' or P.G. Hydrangea. It deserves the award for sturdy, reliable and magnificent performance in many situations...

This is a small tree or large shrub, depending on its pruning, that features densely packed, rounded flowerheads.

The Peegee hydrangea is hardy to zone 3 has green leaves that turn bronzy in the fall, and clusters of white flowers that slowly fade to a pinky bronze then to brown. It tolerates a little shade but needs at least 5-6 hours of sun for flowering. It is a wonderful plant that looks great behind a low fence, as a specimen plant in a corner of a bed or behind a low hedge of boxwood, holly or yew.

It blooms from July - September and the large white flowers slowly turn pink...

They look great as a cut flower filling a large bowl!

Soon - some other cultivars of Panicle Hydrangea....


  1. How interesting that these hydrangeas need 5-6 hours of sun to bloom! I love your design suggestions for peegee hydrangeas. They are one of my favorite cut flowers, also!


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