Big leaf hydrangeas are deciduous shrubs with a rounded habit featuring dark green leaves and large clusters of long-blooming summer flowers in either lacecap form (flattened flower clusters of small fertile florets with scattered showy sterile florets around the edge) or mophead form (spherical flower clusters of mostly showy sterile florets). Avoid pruning bigleaf hydrangeas, except to remove any dead wood. These hydrangeas cannot be cut back or trimmed at any time of the year without impacting the bloom for either the current season or the next. To minimize the risk of loss of flower buds and possible die-back to the ground in an extremely harsh winter, site in a sheltered location and consider additional winter protection (burlap wrap or leaves in chicken wire cage). Prefers moist but well drained soils.
Per the Missouri Botanical Garden, the ‘Cityline’ series of dwarf hydrangeas was developed in Germany, and are noted for having compact form, strong stems, showy mophead flowers, glossy green leaves and good mildew resistance.
‘Cityline Paris’ hydrangeas are the smallest and most compact of any hydrangea. This mini has vivid deep red mophead flowers that mature to an attractive green. The bloom color of some Hydrangea macrophyllas may be affected by altering soil pH, but ‘Cityline Paris’ keeps its red color in most any soil, developing only purplish centers in acidic soils. So cute in a container!
Height: 1-2 ft.
Spread: 1-2 ft.
Bloom time: June to September
Sun: full sun to part shade
According to Rutgers University, Hydrangeas are in the category “occasionally severely damaged by deer.”
photo credit: Proven Winners
a Proven Winners plant