White cone-shaped blooms of a paniculata hydrangea outside of Al's Garden & Home in Sherwood

We love showcasing some of our favorite plants outside of our retail locations, and if you have driven by Al's of Sherwood lately you have probably seen the large football-shaped blooms of Paniculata Hydrangeas. While other plants may be struggling with the summer heat, these hydrangeas are just showing off.

The name "paniculata" comes from the clusters of cone-shaped blooms that distinguish them from ball-shaped hydrangea blooms. The brilliant white or lime-green color in the summer fades to shades of pink or red when the cooler weather arrives, offering a unique alternative to the more common shade of blue hydrangeas.

Paniculata Hydrangeas can be tall and wide, or compact depending on the variety - which means there's probably one just right for you. They make for an attention-grabbing hedge or the anchor in a flower garden, and the newer dwarf varieties are even perfect for large containers! Not to mention that the blooms are excellent cut flower, dried or fresh. Stop by Al's to see our large variety of Hydrangeas. Here are a few of our current favorites:

the lime green paniculated blooms of a little lime hydrangea

'Little Lime' Hardy Hydrangea

  • A dwarf form of the popular Limelight Hydrangea, Little Lime sports the same great flower power but in a smaller package.
  • Attractive green summer flowers turn pink in the fall when temperatures drop.
  • Height: 5 ft.
  • Width: 5 ft.
close-up of the white paniculated bloom of a bobo hydrangea

'Bobo' Hydrangea

  • Long-lasting blooms early summer to early fall.
  • White flowers change to pink in the fall.
  • Height: 30-36 in.
  • Width: 36-48 in.
  • Sun Exposure: partial to full sun
pointed blooms on a lava lamp hydrangea

'Lava Lamp' Hydrangea

  • White blooms age to a brighter red-pink.
  • Very compact and showy, making it perfect for borders or a container garden.
  • Height: 24-36 in.
  • Width: 24-36 in.
  • Sun Exposure: Full to partial sun, or 4-6 hours of sun per day