Phantom Hydrangea

'Phantom' Hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata 'Phantom'

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This H. Paniculata is named 'Phantom' for the white color of the blooms, but they are anything but insubstantial! The massive, 15-inch flower clusters are overflowing with big, starry florets, giving 'Phantom' the biggest flower heads of the species!

Opening in early summer, the flower bracts start with a pale green tinge, then mature to a sparkling pure white by July, then finally acquiring some pink tones in fall before falling in September. The strong, uptight stems hold these massive flower heads up for display all season long. Multi-stemmed and vigorous, 'Phantom' swiftly assumes its mature size of 6 to 10 feet tall if unpruned. Be sure to plant it in a spacious spot where its grandeur can be appreciated, like in an open corner of the garden or in its own specimen planting.

Thanks to its paniculata heritage, 'Phantom' displays exceptional cold hardiness. It is very easy to grow, and the only maintenance recommended is a severe annual pruning in March, taking the plant back down to just about 1 foot tall. This will keep it more compact (reaching about 4 feet tall each year) and will encourage the largest possible blooms.

Provide 'Phantom' with moist, well-drained soil in a sunny spot, and watch it flourish! 'Phantom' prefers soil on the acidic side (pH 5.6 to 7.5), and makes a fantastic accent for the foundation, the border, or a specimen planting. Zones 3 to 8.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars
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stunning and easy
KY Farmgirl from KY wrote (August 27, 2016):
I have 3 of these plants in front of my home - they mask the ugly air conditioning unit very well, and require little care. I cut them back severely in early March, before they green bud, and they require little to no extra care the rest of the year. Huge blooms, and a sweet fragrance at night which is nice when we are out on the porch in July/August evenings. I don't know if all of them have scent, but ours do!
debb from CT wrote (August 15, 2015):
This is a stunning plant. It is loaded with blooms. I go by one on the way to town and it always takes my breath away.