You Can Grow That! is a celebration of gardens and plants and the joy they bring to our lives. Garden bloggers from across the country highlight plants they think other gardeners should know about.
My contribution this month is ‘PinkyWinky’ hydrangea, a star of my late summer and fall garden here in southwestern Connecticut with its long, elegant panicle flowers that fade from white to two-tone white and pink and finally to a deep rose color.
Pinky Winky (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pinky Winky’) is a panicle, or peegee, hydrangea without all the droopy, floppy stems characteristic of many of the more traditional peegees. It’s deep red stems are stiff and upright, supporting the sleek blooms all season long.
♦ Bi-color flowers are over one foot long.
♦ Blooms for months ~ from mid-summer right through to the first frost.
♦ Exceptionally drought-tolerant, especially for a hydrangea.
♦ Prefers a location in full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil.
♦ Pinky Winky can grow to about 6′ – 8′ tall and almost as wide.
♦ Pinky Winky blooms on new wood so can be pruned in late winter or early spring without the fear of losing future flowers.
In The Pink
Incorporating a Pinky Winky hydrangea into your garden is easy. You can plant a single shrub as a specimen in a foundation planting or near a patio or terrace.
You could plant multiple shrubs for use as a long-blooming hedge. Shrubs grow very quickly. My Pink Winky started out as a 3-gallon shrub and just 3 seasons later is already 5′ tall.
Pinky Winky would also make a colorful addition to a mixed border since her rough texture will complement many other shrubs and perennials. Try planting with other summer and fall-blooming perennials such as ornamental grasses, coneflower and New England aster.
Before you head over and check out the other You Can Grow That! posts, please take a minute to share what your favorite plant is for adding color to your late summer garden.