Hydrangea paniculata Pinky Winky is a fast-growing sturdy compact upright and slightly spreading variety. Long panicles of white flowers open in late summer fading to pink with age giving a two-tone effect.
Flowers can reach up to 40cm in length held upright on sturdy stems. Flowers can be picked and used for dried flower arrangements. A good specimen for using as a hedge. Full sun or part shade. Hardy. Eventual height up to 1-1.5 metres with a spread of up to 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.