Hydrangea paniculatas are upright, multi-stemmed, fast-growing shrubs with semi-arching, spreading branches and dark green leaves. Flower panicles are shaped like the frosty swirl atop an ice cream cone. Flowers contain both fertile and sterile florets. One of the most winter hardy of the hydrangeas. Blooms on new wood. Flower color is unaffected by soil chemistry.
‘Fire Light ‘ was selected it for its huge, full flower heads and sturdy, strong stems. Blooms emerge creamy-white and age to a vivid red for lots of summer color.
Easily adapts to most conditions. Prefers moist, well-draining soil. Can tolerate some drought but flowers will fade. H. paniculata blooms on new wood, so prune in late winter/early spring. Cutting back to 24″ will produce big beautiful flower heads. Deadheading blooms after fading is not necessary but may be done if bothersome to you. I would suggest leaving up for winter interest.
Height: 6-8 ft.
Spread: 6-8 ft.
Bloom time: June to August
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