We got a good amount of snow this week here in West Michigan. Personally, I much prefer the big fluffy white blooms of Puffer Fish® panicle hydrangea to a big blanket of snow, but maybe that’s just me (my dogs seem to prefer the snow).
If you like LOTS of flowers, Puffer Fish® panicle hydrangea is definitely for you. Think Bobo® hydrangea, but even more blooms, so many blooms, in fact, that you can hardly even see the foliage! The flowers emerge pure bright white in mid-summer and age to a lovely green. Just when you think the show is coming to an end, a fresh sprig of white flowers pops up from the tip of each panicle. This beauty makes a great addition to cut flower arrangements as well!
Puffer Fish® has a tight, rounded habit with strong stems to hold those huge flowers. It grows to 3-5’ tall and wide, making it an excellent choice for a hedge or as a specimen. Like other panicle hydrangeas, Puffer Fish® is quite hardy, suited for USDA zones 3-8. At the cooler end of that range, they thrive in full sun. On the warmer end of the range, part shade would be best, with morning sun and afternoon shade.
Pruning Puffer Fish® Panicle Hydrangea
Panicle hydrangeas flower on new wood, so they should be pruned in spring. Prune about one-third of the height and width and remove any weak or spindly branches. This helps your hydrangea develop a sturdy base and ensures the growth for the season is coming from stronger, healthier buds.
If you want some more information, check out the video below, where Kristina walks you through how to prune a panicle hydrangea.