Hydrangeas are back in fashion big time this summer. It seems everyone wants at least one to adorn their outside space. We have 3 gorgeous new arrivals, prolific bloomers all, that will happily sit in the tightest spaces. These are new varieties of hydrangeas that are very compact in form – the perfect hydrangeas for small gardens or patios, roof garden or balcony. These hydrangea paniculata varieties all have large conical-shaped blooms and tend to be more sun-tolerant than the traditional Hydrangea Macrophylla.
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A small, neat compact variety with a huge heart, Hydrangea Paniculata Little Lime is a dwarf variety of the immensely popular Hydrangea Paniculata Limelight. This little beauty grows to 1.5 metres tall maximum which is much smaller that Limelight (half the size in fact). Little Lime flowers profusely – the showy panicle blooms start off limey green, turning in succession white, then pink then deep burgundy as the seasons progress. Packs a huge punch in a small space.
Bobo is a new dwarf variety from Belgium where it is extremely popular due to its compact size and prolific flowering habit, perfect for smaller spaces in the garden and on terraces and balconies in containers. Bobo has profuse cone-shaped flowers on sturdy stems whose showy panicles can reach a length of 12 cm. It will bloom from July to September. The flowers emerge white, eventually turning pink as they mature. Maximum height and spread – 1 metre but it can be kept smaller with pruning!
A compact hydrangea with lovely panicle blooms which start off green, changing to white, then to a lovely soft pink by about August and finally changing to a deep pink by autumn. Pinky Winky is an extremely attractive plant for a smaller space. Maximum height and width 1.4 metres and flowers from July right through to September.