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Hydrangea Pinky Winky

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Pinky Winky Hydrangea is a remarkably showy Hydrangea. It is in thesame genus, Hydrangea paniculata, as the old time Pee Gee hydrangea. It is far superior to this old-garden favorite. At six to eight feet talland hardy in zones 3-9, this hydrangea with the funny name will fit intoalmost any garden setting.

Use Pinky Winky hydrangea in full sunor part shade. It will fill a large container with color all summer andfall. It's tall panicles of flowers do not droop. They are supportedon stiff stems. What's more, the flowers grow in height as the seasonprogresses. The flower colors are the most distinctive part of thisplant. They can be up to 16 inches tall, open white, change to pink,then new white flowers open above the pink. This flower show goes onall season.

The soil pH will not change the color. The flowerscan be cut and used in fresh arrangements or dried and used throughoutthe winter. Once it is established, it is drought tolerant. Pruning,which flushes new growth, brings on more flowers. Try it grouped insets of three in the midst of a shrub border. It will make a goodhedging plant, too. If you don't cut the blossoms they will addinterest to the landscape all winter. Truly distinctive, this hydrangeais all about easy care and showy flowers.

 
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PROBLEM SOLVING PLANTS

By Stacey Hirvela, Spring Meadow Nursery
Photographs courtesy of Proven Winners/ColorChoice Shrubs

Landscaping is often an exercise in problem solving: we may have an ideal plant in mind, only to find that it won’t thrive in our yards because our site or soil isn’t suitable. Fortunately, plants are wonderfully diverse and adaptable, so you’re guaranteed to find beautiful, landscape-worthy shrubs that withstand most any of Mother Nature’s curveballs. Think of the plants listed below as the landscape equivalent of the old saying, “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!” — they tolerate and even thrive under the difficult conditions commonly found in backyards everywhere. This means less work for you and a better performance from your plants!
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