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Mini Penny Hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Mini Penny'

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Mini Penny Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Mini Penny') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Mini Penny Hydrangea flowers

Mini Penny Hydrangea flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Other Names:  French Hydrangea, Bigleaf Hydrangea

Description:

This compact, dwarf variety produces stellar, light pink or blue mophead blooms depending on soil pH, on strong upright stems; luxurious, large, shiny green foliage; a gorgeous addition to the garden, and also makes a great low hedge

Ornamental Features

Mini Penny Hydrangea features bold balls of shell pink flowers with sky blue overtones and a white flare at the ends of the branches from early summer to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has forest green foliage throughout the season. The serrated pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Mini Penny Hydrangea is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a mounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Mini Penny Hydrangea is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Mini Penny Hydrangea will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in partial shade to shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Mini Penny Hydrangea makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers 
Ornamental Features

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