Saturday, October 3, 2009

Gorgeous Autumn Color

Regular readers here know I'm enamoured of all things hydrangea. The delicate lacecaps of 'Blue Bird', the spectacular purple blooms of 'Glowing Embers', the old-fashioned pink of 'Preziosa', to name but a few of my favorites. Here's another:

Hydrangea paniculata 'Pinky Winky' is one of the large, late-blooming types that decorate our yards in fall. The 12" to 16", conical-shaped flowers start out white, gradually turn pink and end up a deep, resonant rose. The plant stays in bloom for at least two months, and flowers on new wood, so you don't have to worry about winter kill. It produces regardless of climate, soil, pH or pruning. He's hardy to Zone 4.

Pinky is a moderately big fellow, eventually reaching to 6-8 feet. I do protect him with deer repellent, and he's not been bothered by hungry herbivores. Pinky appreciates a spring application of slow-release fertilizer meant for trees and shrubs, and like most of his ilk, does best in 1/2 to 3/4 day sun, at least here in Connecticut.

Grow this guy where you can see him frequently---he's a beaut!

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