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'Little Lamb' Hardy Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata

  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Summer
    • Fall
  • Mature Size
    • 48 - 72 Inches
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
'Little Lamb' Hardy Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata
Part Sun to Sun 48 - 72


Pure white flowers begin flowering in mid to late summer. Blooms every year. Hardy. Soil pH does not affect flower color.

Fall Interest
Drought Tolerant


Shrub Type: 
Height Category: 
Garden Height: 
48 - 72 Inches
72 - 96 Inches
48 - 72 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Flower Colors: 
Flower Shade: 
White turning pink in fall
Foliage Colors: 
Foliage Shade: 
Container Role: 

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Blooms On: 
New Wood
Bloom Time: 
Mid Summer
Bloom Time: 
Late Summer
Bloom Time: 
Early Fall
Hardiness Zones: 
3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Water Category: 
Border Plant
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Uses Notes: 

Good in groupings or masses, in perennial and shrub borders, as a specimen, screen or hedge. Good in mixed containers and as a cut flower.

Maintenance Notes: 

Prefers good, loamy soil. Most adaptable of all hydrangeas to different soil types. Most urban tolerant and very difficult to kill. Best if pruned back in late winter or early spring. Requires medium moisture. Will tolerate drought conditions. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for the recommended rate of application.

A sweet compact hardy hydrangea from Belgium. 'Little Lamb' is unique because its flower petals are the smallest and most delicate of any hydrangea. The little flowers are held in tight, but delicate flower heads that look like dancing lambs floating above this compact shrub. This special shrub blooms in mid-summer and lasts into autumn. The pure white blooms light up a garden and blend wonderfully with all other colors. Flowers may turn pink in the fall. Use 'Little Lamb' in bouquets either fresh or dried to make a unique floral design. This is an easy to grow plant with reliable flowering and flower color regardless of soil pH. The blooms are well distributed making a very nice plant and display.

Consumer Comment:
I have been an avid gardener for most of my life. I like tough hardy plants that can thrive without much fussing. Our first 'Little Lamb' was planted just last fall ('06), and our giant schnauzer puppy, Boo, ate it right back to the ground in late spring of '07. I was amazed that with no special care given to it, it grew right back with gangbusters and now only a few months after being eaten, it looks fantastic! Too bad all plants cannot take that kind of beating.
S Smith, ON

'Little Lamb' Hydrangea paniculata PP: 15395
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