I bought this shrub about 6 years ago at a garden center that was selling it for half price as they were having a hard time keeping their plants watered during a very hot dry summer at that time. My neighbors thought I was nuts when I brought it home as most of the leaves were dried out and many of the branches were bare. Well it is 6 years later and after a lot of TCL it now thanks me with an abundance of beautiful blooms. I would highly recommend!
Pinky Winky® Hardy Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata
- Hardy Zones
- 3 - 8
- Part Sun to Sun
- Mature Size
- 72 - 96 Inches
Large summer flowers open white and change to pink. Blooms every year. Hardy. Soil pH does not affect bloom color.
An outstanding specimen plant or element in the mixed border. It can also be grown in the cutting garden.
Prefers good, loamy soil. Adaptable to many soils, moderate moisture required. Blooms regardless of climate, soil, pH or pruning. Can be easily maintained as a smaller plant or trained into a small tree. Prune in late winter/early spring. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label recommendations for rates of application.
Huge two-toned blooms!
Pinky Winky has an unusual name, and an even more unusual flower. The large white panicles open in mid to late summer, and as summer turns to fall the florets at the base of the panicles turn pink. The flower panicles continue to grow, producing new white florets at the tip. The result is spectacular two-toned flower panicles that can reach up to 16 inches in length! This is a real show-stopper that's also very easy to grow. Adaptable to most soils and both sun and shade, Pinky Winky will thrive in most gardens.
- Cheryl DexterLiverpoolNew YorkUnited States12 weeks ago
Lovely profuse bloomer that grows beautifully on the west side of my home in poor gravelly sandy loam, intense afternoon sun reflected off the house and absolutely no water except rainfall. Blooms later than the rest of my hydrangeas here in West Michigan making a great show in late summer/fall. Blooms start out white and develop pink blush later. The flowers hold on to the plant all winter for winter interest. I prune each stem back to the second node which then grows into 2 new flowering stems, doubling the flowers every year. That is the only time I even touch this shrub, it is truly low maintenance. Doing this has kept the shrubs 5' x 4' for the past 5 years. Rarely do I notice a leaf nibbled by insects and when I do it's only a few. I've never needed to spray for any pests or fungus. Plant it and forget about it, prune it back before spring growth (or fall) and enjoy.Julie MarchRockfordMichiganUnited States16 weeks ago
I would like this more if I had planted it against a lot of other tall bushes or trees. On its own, it looks rather odd. It takes forever to come into bloom and forever to start changing color. If were against a green background, this wouldn't be a big deal. As a standalone, it spends a lot of time looking like an adolescent. The other thing that would make me like it more is if the flowers worked as cut flowers. I know the descriptions says they do, but they grow on pretty hard wood and so far, I've had no luck at all - and I've had this shrub for years. Nice dried flowers, however.MKBellevueWashingtonUnited States26 weeks ago
Planted three together in 2011 and they continue to provide outstanding blooms that last all summer. Easily maintained and hardy.ToddCincinnatiOhioUnited States1 year ago
- YvonneMartinsvilleIndianaUnited States2 years ago
I have had this plant for about 5 years. I fertilize and water faithfully, but only get a few blooms a year. The plant still looks sparse, not nice and full like your photos. I have just moved it to a new location to give it one last try. I would not recommend this plant.TerriTorontoCanada2 years ago
A beautiful hydrangea and one of my favorite plants. Mine has not grown fast, but it seems strong and it blooms profusely every summer.Mike SaviolaWest SenecaNew YorkUnited States2 years ago
We live in Denver CO and I love this flowering bush. We planted it in early summer and it has flowered all summer with lovely white and pink flowers and the leaves have been very green. Looking forward to what it will do over the winter, depending how severe it is, but anticipate it will survie.Nancy Hardiman5 years ago
- celia lewis-norrisIllinoisUnited States5 years ago
This is a nice sized shrub, a reliable bloomer and the blossoms are outstanding, especially in a dried arrangment.LynnMinnesotaUnited States5 years ago