Pinky Winky has exceeded my expectations. I have planted it three years ago on the North side of my home where it receives very little sun. In the winter, this border is very windy and the last one to emerge from the snow and ice, which does not seem to bother the shrub. In our eastern Canada cimate, it blooms profusely in August.
- Part Sun to Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
This plant is hardy in zones 3 - 8
Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.
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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.Best SellerFall InterestDrought Tolerant
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:TallGarden Height:72 - 96 InchesSpacing:84 - 108 InchesSpread:72 - 96 InchesFlower Colors:PinkFlower Colors:WhiteFlower Shade:Two-toned pink and whiteFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:Dark GreenHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:New WoodBloom Time:Mid SummerBloom Time:Late SummerBloom Time:Early FallHardiness Zones:3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8bWater Category:AverageUses:Border PlantUses:Cut FlowerUses:Dried FlowerUses:LandscapeUses Notes:
An outstanding specimen plant or element in the mixed border. It can also be grown in the cutting garden.Maintenance Notes:
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.Pinky Winky® Hydrangea paniculata 'DVP PINKY' USPP 16,166, Can 2,889
Guylaine Jean-Gagnon, New Brunswick, Canada, 36 weeks ago
I've had my Pinky Winky for 5 years. It gets very few blooms and is not as full as it should be. It gets just 3 to 4 hours of sunlight a day and is on the dry side of my house. May be planted in the wrong spot. I live in zone 5a.Margaret, Pennsylvania, United States, 2 years ago
Pinky Winky is a star in my hydrangea garden. Huge blooms atop nice upright stems....it stands out in front of its limelight neighbors. It blooms in late June in the north Georgia mountains and continues until fall. I love it.Judy Brooten, Georgia, United States, 2 years ago
Pinky Winky has been in our yard for 7 years. We are zone 3a-4 in this area of Alberta. Pinky has been fantastic. Have it planted in a wind shelted area.. part sun to fun sun. We use "spike" fertilizer once per year and compost the drip area every fall. Our soil is heavy black clay and have to compost all plantings to give them a fighting chance. Pinky is one of out STAR performers.Judith B Edwards, Alberta, Canada, 2 years ago
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!Cheryl Dexter, New York, United States, 3 years 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 March, Michigan, United States, 3 years 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.MK, Washington, United States, 3 years ago
Planted three together in 2011 and they continue to provide outstanding blooms that last all summer. Easily maintained and hardy.Todd, Ohio, United States, 4 years ago
Yvonne, Indiana, United States, 5 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.Terri, Canada, 5 years ago