Hydrangea paniculata features in the inaugural episode of Every Plant Deserves A Podcast for several reasons: one, it’s a plant that can be grown over nearly all of North America, from the chilliest northern locales to those in the steamy South, so it should be visibly familiar to people, whether or not they know it by name. Two, because this plant, now so ubiquitous in North American gardens and landscapes, has a long and unexpected story behind how it got here, and finally, three, because a big part of the Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs brand was build around one game-changing panicle hydrangea, ‘Limelight’.
Listen to Every Plant Deserves a Podcast wherever you get your podcasts, and read on for links and resources that we mention in this episode.
Useful links for this episode:
Hydrangeas Demystified – learn the difference between the six main types of hydrangeas we grow in our gardens. This link will also explain the difference between mophead and lacecap inflorescences.
See where Hydrangea paniculata grows wild.
Read about the climate on Sakhalin Island.
Though we will certainly be talking more about Dr. Philip Franz von Siebold in future episodes, you can read his fascinating story here; Should you find yourself extra-intrigued by von Siebold, make a note to visit SieboldHuis, his former home turned museum in Leiden, Netherlands.
Meet the Japanese giant salamander, a creature that Siebold shipped to Europe, one of which went on to live for 50+ years after arriving there.
More on the original cultivars of Hydrangea paniculata – ‘Grandiflora’, ‘Tardiva’, ‘Unique’.
Meet Pieter Zwijnenburg, Jr., the breeder of ‘Limelight’ in this short video we made with him in 2019.
Learn about Hydrangea paniculata as a formation aid in paper-making.
Our Ultimate Guide to Panicle Hydrangeas covers everything you need to know to grow them like a pro.