Hydrangea paniculata Fraise Melba is an upright deciduous shrub with dense long lasting panicles of flowers which open white in July.
Then gradually turn dark pink-red from the bottom up as the season progresses. The flowers then stay dark pink-red into the autumn against oval pointed green leaves. The colour shades may vary with location, soil type and climate. Full sun or part shade position. Hardy.
Eventual height up to 2 meters with a spread of up to 1.5 metres. Three ways to prune hydrangea paniculata varieties Hard Pruning – Cut back to 2 buds on previous years growth = fewer but larger flowers Medium Pruning- Cut back to 4 buds on previous years growth = medium-sized flowers Light Pruning – Remove last years flower heads & lightly prune to reshape the plant = larger numbers of smaller flowers.
Pruning time from end of February to the end of April. The later the pruning is carried out the later the plants will come into flower. Hard pruning the plants may mean the flower stems need support as the flowers tend to flop due to the weight of the flower head.