- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: June - October
- Hardiness: fully hardy
This new hydrangea is unique because of its really compact habit (reaching just 50cm or so at maturity), and its ability to start flowering much earlier in the year than any of the other paniculata types. Being so compact, it's a natural for a pot, but it can also be used toward the front of mixed or shrub borders. Also, the flowers change colour as they mature, which further adds to their appeal. Initially they open greenish white, but they take on a pink blush as the summer progresses, and are quite a rich pink towards the end of the season. A gem of a plant - its easy and undemanding, but very, very rewarding.
- Garden care:To enhance flowering prune hard in early spring, cutting back the previous season's shoots to within a few buds of the permanent, woody framework of the plant.