Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionLooking for a panicle hydrangea with early summer AND late fall interest? Quick Fire® Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata) blooms weeks earlier than all the others, as early as the 4th of July in Michigan. Creamy white lace-cap flowers shine in early summer and turn deep red as they mature. The flowers aren't the only thing that changes color! The foliage turns into vibrant shades of reds and oranges, creating a fall display unmatched by other panicle hydrangeas.
Whether you're a beginner or an experienced gardener, this hydrangea is a perfect match for you. It's one of the easiest hydrangeas to grow, and its compact size makes it easy to fit in any garden. Can't find more room for this beauty in your beds? Don't worry; it even grows well in patio containers!DetailsBotanical Name: Hydrangea paniculata'Bulk' Patent: USPP 16812
Common Name: Panicle hydrangea, Peegee hydrangea, Hardy hydrangea
Zone: 3 - 8
Sun Exposure: Sun in cool areas; part shade in warm climates.
Height x Width: 6-8' tall and wide
Flower Color: White, turning red in autumn
Foliage Color: Green
Season of Interest: Summer-fall Uses: Flower gardens, Landscaping, Specimen, Flowering hedge How To GrowSoil: Panicle hydrangeas require well-drained soil. Though they are the most sun and drought tolerant of all hydrangeas, don't let them dry out excessively for best performance. A good layer of mulch is very helpful for minimizing drought stress and conserving moisture. Light: plants can take sun (6+ hours sun) in cooler areas, but part sun (4-6 hours sun) with afternoon shade is recommended in warm climates. If your plant frequently wilts in the afternoon even though it was recently watered, or your flowers turn brown quickly, that may indicate the spot is too sunny for it. Water: Average. Panicle hydrangeas do not tolerate overwatering or poor drainage. Space: Min. 5' apart Fertilizing: If desired, fertilize in early spring, once the ground has thawed, with a granular rose fertilizer. Winterizing: Panicle hydrangeas are very hardy and easily withstand harsh winters, so they need no special care. A good 2-3" layer of mulch helps protect the shallow roots. Maintenance: Panicle hydrangeas bloom on new wood – that means they create their flower buds after leafing out in spring, so they can be pruned and will still bloom that season. While pruning is not strictly necessary, it does neaten the plant's appearance and can help develop strongest stems. Simply cut the main stems of the plant back by about one-third of its total height in late winter or early spring, removing any thin, spindly, or wayward branches as necessary.
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