A row of Pillow Talk panicle hydrangeas blooming showing the large white flowers taking on a light pink color Pillow Talk panicle hydrangea in full bloom with white flowers before they take on the pink color Closeup of several blooms of Pillow Talk hydrangea starting to blush with a nice pink color

PILLOW TALK®

Hydrangea - Panicle

Hydrangea paniculata

'SMHPZIND'

USPP 26,620; CBR 5162

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A row of Pillow Talk panicle hydrangeas blooming showing the large white flowers taking on a light pink color Pillow Talk panicle hydrangea in full bloom with white flowers before they take on the pink color Closeup of several blooms of Pillow Talk hydrangea starting to blush with a nice pink color
  • Multi-colored flowers
  • Hardy
  • Long blooming
Description
Who doesn't like pink? Pillow Talk® panicle hydrangea provides a delightful parade of color changes as bright lime green flowers mature to pure white, then blush with pink. Large, full panicles are held upright on sturdy stems.

USDA Zone 3 - 8 (-40°F/-40°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 6 - 8'

Width 6 - 8'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Summer

Flower Color White, Pink, Red

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4"

Soil Adaptable to most any soil except very wet or excessively alkaline soils.

Pruning In late winter or early spring, cut back by about one-third its total height, just above a set of large buds. This ensures that the growth for the season will come vigorous buds lower on the plant and also serves to remove any remaining dried blooms. Alternatively, cut back in autumn once the plant has gone completely dormant. May be cut back harder if desired, though this tends to produce stems that are unable to achieve maximum stem strength the following season.

Uses Specimen; mixed borders; mass plantings. Makes a good hedge or screen. Excellent for cut flowers, both fresh and dried.

Growing Tips Panicle hydrangeas are the most sun tolerant hydrangeas and are also resistant to wilting. In cooler climates, full sun is recommended for best stem strength and flower set. Flower color is unaffected by soil chemistry. If flowers turn brown and dry instead of aging to pink or red, this indicates that the plant needs more water or that nighttime temperatures are too high for the transition to occur.