Hydrangea Paniculata Candlelight Hydrangea Candlelight is a deciduous flowering shrub with showy flower clusters. It’s a great choice for a mixed border or a container. Hydrangea Paniculata Candlelight is named after it’s unusual and extremely attractive flowers. These flower heads appear from mid to late summer in large conical heads that reach upward on flexible dark red stems. Blooms emerge creamy-white but in September base petals mature to a deep pink that creeps upwards to the creamy white tip. This gives the impression of a small flame or candlelight. Its foliage is oval-shaped with a pointed tip and textured, veiny dark green. In autumn as the candlelight flowers are fading away foliage matures into an attractive yellowy-orange before falling with the frosts. Hydrangea Paniculata Candlelight is a traditional hydrangea in form but it tends to grow taller and more upright than lower, ground-hugging cultivars.
Height and Spread of Hydrangea Paniculata Candlelight Hydrangea Candlelight grows upright to a maximum height of 1.5 metres and will spread over 1.5 metres. Flower heads grow tall and proud adding around 8 – 10 cms to the overall height.
How Hardy Is Hydrangea Paniculata Candlelight Hydrangea Candlelight is a tough and hardy hydrangea cultivar that will withstand UK winters if planted in well-drained soil. Its stems are particularly strong, enabling them to hold the upright candelabra blooms for months on end
How To use Hydrangea Paniculata Candlelight This is a great choice of tough flowering shrub for woodland gardens and the back of a deep mixed flower border. It attracts plenty of pollinators and the shrubby stems provide shelter for insects and small birds. Cottage gardeners will appreciate it’s pretty pink flowers that match well with foxgloves, hardy geranium and lavender as well as other hydrangea cultivars. Hydrangea Candlelight grows happily in deep well-watered containers too. It brings height, foliage cover and colour to a bare patio or the front garden.
How To Care For Hydrangea Paniculata Candlelight This hardy flowering shrub needs little attention once it’s established and is best grown in a sunny or partially shady spot that’s sheltered from cold and drying winds. Like most hydrangeas, Candlelight is not keen on alkaline soils so improve yours with garden compost or well-rotted manure before planting. Alternatively, grow it in a container and water well. You don’t have to prune Hydrangea Candlelight but you can restrict its size and maintain a pretty shape by pruning back old stems in spring and removing any damaged wood. After pruning add a thick layer of mulch to the roots to boost nutrients for a healthy season of growth.