September 12, 2011

A Unique Tree (Shrub)

Unique Panicle Hydrangea

Ta da! Introducing our Unique Panicle Hydrangea! (It is the little plant closest to the camera.) After trips to two arboretums and a city garden, plus many hours wandering local garden stores, we finally settled on a tree for the front yard. Tree may not be the right term, since it is more of a shrub, but it will grow as a single or double trunk and develop an umbrella of foliage, much like a tree.

As my search for the perfect tree continued, I realized that the space I had for the tree could only handle something about six to eight feet wide and tall, which is a very small tree. Second, the spot is full sun, all day, and true trees that enjoy full sun tend to want to get much larger than six feet, which totally makes sense with all that solar energy. Finally, this is our butterfly garden, so having a flowering something that attracts wings, is just added benefit.

Thanks to everyone for their tree advice, especially Rosemarie, who wandered both arboretums with me and her husband, Matt, who can spot a paniculata from 1000 yards.

As you can see from the photo above, the rest of the garden is coming together as well. SB spent the past week digging out grass and filling-in with new dirt, mulch and edging. My Mom donated the mature peonies and peegee hydrangea from her garden to anchor ours. I can’t wait until next summer, to see this garden develop. The photo below are the blooms from a mature unique panicle hydrangea, they start green, go to pink and then finally to white.


  1. Great choice and the front garden looks great! Taking advantage of these cooler days to garden is a must.

    Comment by Rosemarie — September 12, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

  2. Fall is the time for planting! (Or so I just learned.)

    Comment by Marijka — September 12, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

  3. Hydrangeas FTW. That’s what Jennie’s wedding bouquet was made of.

    Comment by Jeff — September 13, 2011 @ 7:09 am

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