Kansas gardens are living proof that not all hydrangeas are created equal. I have always been a miserable failure at growing the more common blue or pink Hydrangea macrophylla, countless numbers of which I have purchased, watered, fertilized, protected, cursed and eventually mourned over. My experiences with the more cold- and drought-resistant panicled hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata) have been much more promising, however. Here in the dry sunny Flint Hills, these large shrubs are dependable focal points for the August garden.
|'Vanilla Strawberry' covered by C. paniculata|