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Best Hydrangeas For Full Sun Locations-Review


Hydrangeas For Full Sun Locations

When a person thinks of where to place hydrangeas in a landscape, they tend to think of a shady or part shade location. Well now we have a solution if you want to grow beautiful hydrangeas in full sun, with panicle hydrangeas. Panicle hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata) grow best in full sun to light shade. Panicle hydrangeas grow from three feet to ten feet tall, but it depends on what variety you choose. These hydrangeas are extremely cold hardy with planting zones ranging from zones three to eight. They grow in moist, but well drained soil and bloom on new wood. The flowers will bloom in a conical shape that adds a different look to a landscape or garden. Here is a description of some popular varieties of panicle hydrangeas.

Hydrangea Paniculata Varieties 

Hydrangea limelightLimelight Hydrangea is an astonishing hydrangea with bright lime-green flowers. The flower color is unusual and because it blooms in late summer it adds a nice feature in the landscape during that time. It covers itself with huge flower heads measuring from six to twelve inches. Trim the flower heads in early spring when new growth begins. The leaves turn shades of yellow in fall, and flower heads turn a light pink. Limelight hydrangeas will grow six to eight feet wide by six to eight feet tall. The hardiness zone is 3 to 8.



Hydrangea pinky winkyPinky Winky Hydrangea is a newer hydrangea varieity and has very unique, large bi-colored, white and pink flowers that look nice against the dark green foliage of the plant. Unlike the Pee Gee Hydrangea it has sturdy red stems that hold the large, twelve to sixteen inch blooms upright on the plant and doesn't droop. As the flower heads on Pinky Winky continue to grow throughout the season the older flowers turn dark pink and the new flowers continue to emerge white. This plant is an outstanding plant for summer and fall landscape features. Pinky Winky blooms on new wood. You can't go wrong with this superior shrub. It's an excellent choice for a specimen plant, or in creating an massive flowering hedge. Also it's fantastic to use in groups and mass plantings and shrub borders. Pinky Winky hydrangeas grow five to six feet wide by six to eight feet wide. The hardiness zone is 3 to 8.


Hydrangea quick fireQuick Fire hydrangea  best noted for it's early bloom time, begins blooming about 4 weeks earlier that other hydrangea varieties and extends from early summer into fall. Quick Fire hydrangea blooms late in the spring and has large, cone-shaped flower heads that turn from white to rich deep pink much earlier than other panicle hydrangeas The flower buds are produced on new wood and will bloom even after harsh unforgiving. Great plant for using as a fresh cut or dried flower.  Perfect for use in groupings or masses, shrub borders, hedges, and screens. Quick Fire hydrangeas grow six to eight feet wide and six to eight feet tall. The hardiness zone is zone 3 to 9.



Hydrangea little limeLittle Lime hydrangea has all the appeal and color of a Limelight but in a dwarf version. Little Lime sets flowers in lat summer and produces large, tightly packed, green blooms. Flowers are developed on new growth and will reliably appear each year. Little Lime Hydrangea is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Little Lime grows three to five feet tall and wide. The hardiness zone is 3 to 8.



This is a list of what I think are the most popular full sun panicle hydrangeas but there are alot more varieties of panicle hydrangeas to pick from.



just planted the quick fire hope it does well in full sun.
Posted @ Sunday, September 22, 2013 7:55 PM by Kahty Mosher
Let us know how it does!
Posted @ Monday, September 23, 2013 10:27 AM by Ann Tosovsky
Is there a dwarf variety of the panicle? I need one that only gets about 3x3 or only a little bigger.
Posted @ Sunday, March 30, 2014 6:45 PM by Stacey Ausherman
Thanks for the question Stacey. Two possible options would be Hydrangea Little Lime™ and Hydrangea Mystical Flame®. Little lime™ grows 3' tall and 5'wide. Mystical Flame® grows 3' tall and 4' wide. Check out more information on Little Lime™ in our blog. 
Posted @ Monday, March 31, 2014 10:28 AM by Ann Tosovsky
Great article. 
enjoyed it very much. 
?.Im in Charlotte nc 7 a/b. 
do you think the varieties listed will prosper in truly full sun this far south?
Posted @ Sunday, January 04, 2015 1:55 PM by brian
I am in the process of putting in a new yard and I have I would like suggestions. 
I have an area on the east side of my home that is in full shade most of the day. I would prefer something that is a perennial and flowers for a long period of time throughout the spring and summer. 
The area measures 5'x4'. In advance thank you to any suggestions.
Posted @ Sunday, April 26, 2015 1:47 PM by Char
If I prune to keep pinky winky hydrangea to around 5-6' will it still flower the same as if it were not aggressively pruned?
Posted @ Friday, May 29, 2015 4:51 PM by diane
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Posted @ Wednesday, September 02, 2015 11:20 AM by domunala1976
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