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Bobo® Panicle Hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata

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Bobo® Panicle Hydrangea

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Bobo® Hydrangea is a striking deciduous shrub that is highly revered in the gardening world for its compact size and magnificent floral displays. It is a panicle hydrangea, a species that is known for its robust growth and ability to thrive in a variety of climate conditions. Bobo® stands out with its unique dwarf stature, reaching heights of 2'6" to 3' and spreading 3' to 4' wide, making it an excellent choice for small gardens or as a border plant.

The plant demands attention with its bountiful white flowers that engulf the foliage in the summer months, transitioning to a lovely pink hue as the season progresses into fall. The blooms are held upright on strong stems, ensuring that they do not flop over, a common issue with some other varieties of panicle hydrangeas. This steadfastness makes Bobo® a top pick for gardeners who appreciate resilience in their plants.

Plant Attributes

The Bobo® Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata) showcases a mounded and deciduous shrub type, belonging to a medium height category with a garden stature ranging from 30 to 36 inches in height. It demands a spacing of about 48 to 60 inches to properly flourish, spreading gracefully across 36 to 48 inches. Its floral palette transitions through the seasons; starting as a vibrant white in summer, the flowers gently change to a warm pink as autumn approaches. The lush green foliage adds to its charm, providing a pleasing contrast to the blossoms and maintaining its allure even when the plant is not in bloom.

The plant performs its best under part sun to full sun conditions, requiring a minimum of four hours to a maximum of six or more hours of sunlight per day for optimal growth. This hydrangea variety is highly adaptable, thriving across a wide range of hardiness zones from 3a to 8a. Its resilient nature ensures a consistent and impressive floral display, regardless of climate, soil conditions, pH levels, or pruning practices. The Bobo® Hydrangea is relatively easy to maintain, requiring moderate moisture and benefitting from an application of a slow-release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs in early spring. Pruning is recommended in late winter or early spring to maintain its shape and encourage robust flowering.

Landscape Use

The Bobo® Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata) offers a plethora of landscaping uses due to its compact size, abundant flowering, and versatile nature. Here are some ways to incorporate this stunning shrub into your garden or outdoor space:

  1. Border Planting: Bobo® Hydrangea's mounded growth habit and lush foliage make it an excellent choice for border plantings along walkways, driveways, or garden beds. Its abundance of flowers adds a pop of color and visual interest.
  2. Foundation Planting: This hydrangea can be used to soften the base of buildings or walls, helping to blend the architecture with the surrounding landscape. Its compact size ensures it won’t overwhelm the space.
  3. Container Gardening: Bobo® is well-suited for container gardening, providing a dramatic and lush display of flowers for patios, decks, or balconies. As a ‘thriller’ plant in container arrangements, it adds height and drama.
  4. Mass Planting: For a stunning visual impact, consider mass planting Bobo® Hydrangeas. This approach creates a sea of flowers, transforming your garden into a breathtaking display during its blooming season.
  5. Accent Plant: Use Bobo® as an accent plant in mixed garden beds or borders, where its floral display can stand out among other plants, drawing the eye and adding interest to the space.
  6. Wildlife Garden: This hydrangea variety attracts pollinators, making it a beneficial addition to wildlife gardens. Its flowers provide nectar for bees and butterflies.
  7. Cottage Gardens: Bobo® fits beautifully in cottage garden designs, contributing a touch of charm and a bounty of flowers to create a whimsical and inviting space.
  8. Low Hedge: When planted in a row, Bobo® Hydrangeas can form a low, informal hedge, providing a sense of enclosure and intimacy within the garden.
  9. Cut Flowers: The blooms of the Bobo® Hydrangea make excellent cut flowers, allowing you to bring the beauty of your garden indoors.
  10. Seasonal Interest: With its summer to fall blooming season and the transition of flower color from white to pink, Bobo® provides extended seasonal interest, ensuring your garden remains vibrant and attractive throughout multiple seasons.

By incorporating the Bobo® Panicle Hydrangea into your landscape in these various ways, you can maximize the visual appeal of your outdoor space while enjoying the reliability and beauty of this compact and prolific bloomer.

Planting & Care

The Bobo® Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata) is a resilient and captivating shrub, known for its lush foliage and abundant blooms. To ensure its thriving growth and stunning floral display, proper planting and care are crucial. Below are detailed guidelines to help you cultivate a healthy and vibrant Bobo® Hydrangea:


  1. Site Selection: Choose a location that receives part sun to full sun, with at least 4-6 hours of sunlight each day. Ensure the site has well-draining soil.
  2. Soil Preparation: Bobo® Hydrangea prefers loamy soil. If necessary, amend the soil with organic matter to improve its structure and fertility.
  3. Planting Depth and Spacing: Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and two to three times as wide. Place the plant in the hole, ensuring that the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Space the plants 3-4 feet apart to allow for proper air circulation and growth.
  4. Watering: Water the plant thoroughly after planting to settle the soil and eliminate air pockets.


  1. Watering: Provide regular waterings, especially during dry periods. Bobo® Hydrangea prefers consistent moisture but does not tolerate waterlogged conditions. Ensure proper drainage to prevent root rot.
  2. Mulching: Apply a 2-3 inch layer of organic mulch around the base of the plant to retain soil moisture, suppress weeds, and maintain a consistent soil temperature.
  3. Fertilizing: In early spring, apply a slow-release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs, following the label recommendations for application rates.
  4. Pruning: Prune in late winter or early spring to remove any dead or damaged wood and to maintain the plant’s shape. Bobo® Hydrangea blooms on new wood, so pruning will not affect its flowering potential.
  5. Protecting in Winter: In colder climates (zones 3-5), provide winter protection by covering the base of the plant with extra mulch or burlap to shield it from harsh winter conditions.

Pest and Disease Management: Regularly inspect the plant for signs of pests and diseases. Address any issues promptly to prevent them from escalating. Bobo® Hydrangea is relatively resistant to pests and diseases, but it can occasionally be affected by aphids, mites, or powdery mildew. Natural or chemical controls can be used as needed, following the product instructions carefully.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Grass
  • Watering Needs: This plant requires occasional watering once it is well-established, though it may require more frequent watering in conditions of extreme heat or when planted in containers.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: PAN-ih-kum vir-GA-tum
  • Deciduous/Evergreen: Herbaceous
  • Growth Rate: Fast
  • Average Landscape Size: It exhibits a rapid growth rate, reaching a height of 3-4 feet and spreading 1.5-2 feet wide when in bloom.
  • Special Features: This grass serves multiple roles in the landscape, suitable for borders, container gardening, erosion control, firescaping/fire wise applications, mass planting, coastal exposure, and creating wildlife gardens.
  • Dramatic Foliage: The plant offers striking fall color, adding visual interest to the landscape.
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Blooms: Summer
  • Flower Color: Red
  • Flower Attributes: The flowers are showy, making a bold statement in the garden.
  • Garden Style: Contemporary, Rustic
  • Design Ideas: This grass is versatile in its application, perfect for prairie and meadow gardens, small thematic wild gardens, and it adds a modern, architectural twist when planted in rows or grids. It integrates well into native plant landscapes, traditional xeriscape compositions, and looks stunning when planted en masse for a drift of color that lasts almost year-round. It’s particularly striking near water gardens or terraced patios, where the breeze can set the airy plumes in motion.
  • Companion Plants: Bluebird, Raydon’s Favorite, Firework, Standing Ovation

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