Panicle hydrangea is Garden Plant of the month in July08 July 2016
The panicle hydrangea is one of the most popular garden plants. It is associated with traditional, rural farms with long rows of blooming hydrangeas lining the canals. Because of its plume-shaped raceme, this plant is a special type of hydrangea. The white and pink varieties in particular, which often darken in colour later in the season, are jewels in the garden.
Photos: Flowe Council Holland
Easy and decorative
The panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata) is the less well-known cousin of the 'normal' hydrangea with its spherical inflorescence. The panicle hydrangea is a strong deciduous shrub with decorative, plume-shaped racemes growing to 15-30 cm in size. It's a striking presence in any garden, flowers profusely and is also 'insect-friendly'.
The plant combines well with other garden plants and grows happily in the garden or in pots on the balcony or terrace. Characteristic of many panicle hydrangeas is the continuous darkening of the flowers' colour during the growing season, from July to September, so it remains a surprising presence in the garden. Some varieties are grafted on rootstock.
By following a few simple tips, panicle hydrangeas remain healthy and flower year after year:
- The panicle hydrangea likes a spot in bright sun or semi-shade and prefers a compost-rich, acid, moist soil.
- Water the plants regularly if it has been dry outdoors for a while, and definitely when they have just been planted in the soil or in a pot.
- In contrast to all other hydrangeas, the panicle hydrangea also does well in drier ground.
- Immediately after pruning, give the plants special hydrangea compost, which will encourage them to flower profusely for a long time and remain healthy.
Pruning is very important for panicle hydrangeas as well. After pruning, new flowers appear each year on the plant, which remains young and healthy.
- The best period for pruning is February / March.
- By allowing the spent flowers to remain on the plant in the autumn and winter, beautiful silhouettes are created in snow, ice or dew.
The panicle hydrangea flowers every year on the new branches that grow from the plant after pruning. Thus, flowers appear on first-year wood. You can prune them every winter back to 10-20 cm above the ground. The plant will also remain more compact and produce lovely flowers in the summer, with large, heavy, plume-shaped racemes. Pruning the plant higher up, for example 60 cm, produces lighter plumes.
Garden Plant of the Month
The panicle hydrangea is in the spotlights in July as Garden Plant of the Month. 'Garden Plant of the Month' is an initiative of Mooiwatplantendoen.nl. Growers and landscaping specialists from the horticultural sector select one garden plant monthly at the request of Mooiwatplantendoen.nl with the intention to inspire and excite others.
Royal FloraHolland draws additional attention to the Garden Plant of the Month campaign by creating product presentations at various locations. For example, each month Royal FloraHolland displays the new Garden Plant of the Month in the presentation area in Naaldwijk and in several auction rooms.
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