If you are looking for a shrub that provides late season flowers, look no further than Hydrangea paniculata. This tough shrub, hardy to zone 3, is one of the most winter hardy hydrangeas you will find. I really like the fact that this plant can be trained into a small specimen tree or allowed to grow as a medium to large-sized shrub.
Hydrangea paniculata does well in full sun to part shade (meaning 4 or more hours of sun per day). It can grow anywhere from 8 to 15 feet tall and between 6 to 12 feet wide, depending on the variety. Showy flowers grow on new wood and bloom July through September. The plant holds on to its dried flowers through the winter, offering great winter interest. Fragrant, cone-shaped flowers, typically, begin with a pale green color, fading to a creamy white and then pink or red. Again, flower color will depend on the variety of hydrangea you choose.
This easy care shrub can be used in a mixed border, as an accent plant, or can even be used as a screening hedge. There are several varieties in full bloom here at Caan’s. Perhaps you might consider one for your garden area.