When I bought six hydrangea shrubs this past Spring, one of them was a Pee Gee (paniculata – Grandiflora). The tag said that it wanted some shade so after some thought, I ended up putting it at the edge of the yard near some big trees that would shade it partially. I didn’t know that it would bloom that first year but it did and had some very dainty, very white flowers at the ends of it’s long stems.
The flowers were pretty, but they drooped to the ground and we got lots of heavy rain after that which beat the bush down flat almost. By the time summer was over, the shrub was not looking too good. It has many, long thin branches that left the leaves lying in the dirt.
I ended up giving it a pruning and I don’t know if I should have or not, since it should be pruned in Spring – so “they” say – but I think it will help with next years growth. With fewer branches they can become strong, central stalks. The white flowers of the Pee Gee will dry to a pretty light pink if left on the shrub. It can become a beautiful specimen for many seasons and it’s leaves are a dark green, as you can see in the photo.
The Pee Gee is one type of hydrangea that can be pruned into a tree, so that might be what I aim for with this little guy. I look forward to what Spring will bring. For now, I have my photos to play with and I’m using one that I took of the white flowers on this Pee Gee to create some new products for my online store. It will work well for many products from address labels to wedding stationery. There is so much I can do with this dainty, white hydrangea flower.