Proven Winners Cityline Paris is fabulous! I planted several last summer. Only one did not survive our minus 24 degree winter, and this was with minimal mulch (ran out of time)! This spring they are filling in nicely and flower buds are starting to form. In April I planted 5 new ones and they are taking off like rockets! Only 5 weeks have passed and all of the plants are bursting with the most beautiful lipstick red blossoms! They were blooming when I bought them but I decided to pinch off most of the blooms to give the plants time to become well established. I planted these looking to the future so didn't mind seeing less, or no, blooms now. But WOW, they all are producing many large stunning flower heads!
I also have a five-year-old Proven Winners Limelight that grew to be over 5 feet tall and wide and was covered in many blooms every year beginning in late July. Sadly, plumbers dug it up in November in order to bury a new sewer line. I never got it planted as we had an early hard frost and much snow. I expected it to die because it was sitting bare-root, on top of the ground, with just a shovel or two of leaves over its roots for 4 months during an almost record-cold winter! I replanted it in April, cut it down to 3 ft to stimulate root growth, then crossed my fingers. Well, it's doing just fine and filling in nicely! I know Limelight to be a very late bloomer so I don't expect to see flowers until later this summer. What a tough plant!
Proven Winners are super hearty, very healthy and extremely beautiful plants. With these hydrangeas in the right location, with the right soil, the right amount of sun and moisture, I look forward to enjoying my Proven Winners for many years to come! I love hydrangeas because they really perform well in the garden in late summer/fall when many other garden plants are looking worn out. I love my Cityline Paris and Limelight hydrangeas so much, I went out last week and bought some more!