Friday, August 04, 2006
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Tardiva’
This is one of my most favorite plants. The only problem is it gets too big. It always blooms heavily and is pest and disease free. It gives a most welcome blast of color in the doldrums of summer. It's starting to bloom now and that is a little early. The blooming period is very long, and if you prune it right it can last deep into August. You have to be a little brutal and cut it back in the spring. It can be trained to a tree form if that is what you want, but I think it looks better as a shrub. Just remember to give it plenty of room.