Panicle Hydrangeas:
Everything You Need to Know

They’re stunning. They’re show stopping. They’re the First Editions® Panicle Hydrangea collection!

These six hydrangeas are truly staples for gardeners across cool and warm landscapes. With different sizes and colors, the options are endless for adding that special splash of color, structure, and season long beauty to your garden.

Little Hottie® Panicle Hydrangea

An instant garden favorite, Little Hottie® is a compact panicle hydrangea with brilliant white blooms that stand up to the warm summer sun without burning. Maturing to only 3’ – 5’ tall and wide, Little Hottie® is ideal for smaller spaces where a larger hydrangea wouldn’t fit and works well in a decorative pot as well. As evening temperatures drop in the fall, the blooms turn antique shades of white and pink. 

Berry White® Panicle Hydrangea

Strong, upright stems and large cone-shaped flower panicles that stay upright make Berry White® Panicle Hydrangea an impressive summer stunner. The flower color starts out white in July then progresses to a jaw-dropping dark pink, beginning at the bottom and developing up to the top of the panicle. The color on Berry White® is truly remarkable, especially in cooler climates with a gradual decrease in fall evening temperatures. Learn more about Berry White® from our Rock Star blog.

Strawberry Sundae® Panicle Hydrangea

Strawberry Sundae® Panicle Hydrangea is a perfect small hedge and wonderful in mass plantings with flowers that bloom a creamy white in midsummer and change to pink as night temperatures cool down.

Thanks to its compact size, this hydrangea adds striking flowers to small spaces and fits nicely under a windowsill or wherever you need some color. The strawberry pink color lasts well into fall, extending your hydrangea season until frost, and the blooms are excellent for fresh cut and dried flower arrangements.

Vanilla Strawberry Panicle Hydrangea

Vanilla Strawberry Panicle Hydrangea is a popular fan favorite thanks to its enormous flower heads that emerge creamy white in midsummer, change to pink as the night temperatures drop, and finally turn strawberry red later in fall.

Newer flowers bloom as the old ones change color, giving Vanilla Strawberry a multicolored effect in late summer and early fall. The large blooms are great for DIYs and cut floral arrangements, so be sure to head to our décor guide for fun inspiration. You won’t want to miss our how-to for panicle hydrangea wreaths!

White Diamonds® Panicle Hydrangea

White Diamonds® is a beautiful midsize hydrangea with glistening open white panicles that are held upright and eventually fade to parchment and pink. This hydrangea has dark green leathery foliage and can be used in a mixed border or planted as a hedge to create stunning structure in the landscape.

Diamond Rouge® Panicle Hydrangea

Diamond Rouge® Panicle Hydrangea has abundant, long lasting, rounded flower heads that start white and progress to pink, intense raspberry red, and finally wine red. Flowers start blooming in July and take on red coloration earlier in the season than other pink panicle hydrangeas, with fall color at its best when night temperatures are 10 degrees cooler than day temperatures. Diamond Rouge® is a mid-size hydrangea, working beautifully as a focal point or small hedge.

Care Tips for Panicle Hydrangeas

Planting: Panicle hydrangeas do best when planted in areas that get full sun to part shade. To ensure you are planting your panicle hydrangeas correctly, check out our planting blog.

Watering: These hydrangeas prefer soil that is kept evenly moist, but be sure to watch our video on watering for the best tips and tricks.

Fertilizing: Panicle hydrangeas don’t need much fertilizer to kickstart those gorgeous blooms, but if you want to apply, be sure to use a granular, well balanced, slow-release fertilizer.

Apply once in spring when you see green leafy new growth and be sure to follow the directions on the package. To learn more, watch our video on how to fertilize in spring.

Pruning: Prune your panicle hydrangeas in early spring for the best results. Check out our video on spring pruning for more details.

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