Quick Fire, Hydrangea paniculata

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Stock Photo from Proven Winners and it’s showing the blooms early in the blooming season when they are a creamy white.

Gail @ Clay and Limestone ask me what I thought about Quick Fire Hydrangea paniculata by Proven Winners. I grew this hydrangea last year and it was the first to bloom. It quickly turns a rosey red and blooms on new wood. The blooms lasted a long time and they make good dried flowers. I moved from the house where these are planted and I have not seen it the second year. It grows to over 6 feet. I thought it was a fast grower.

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My monitor is showing this to be pretty true to the color that I experienced. I also can tell you that it is very long blooming in my Zone 7 garden. I had blooms until frost.  Quick Fire is the most adaptable to soil conditions but prefers well drained loamy soil. It is not pH sensitive. Best if pruned in the fall or very early spring. It does not require the watering that Hydrangea macrophylla need.

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Jodi @ bloomingwriter wrote about this hydrangea in her last post on whites in the garden.

This is the information from Proven Winners:

Growing Tips
Prefers good, loamy soil. Most adaptable of all hydrangeas to different soil types. Most urban tolerant and very difficult to kill. Best if pruned in late fall or early spring. Blooms on new wood. Make sure to prune off spent flowers when they turn brown. Medium moisture, not as water dependent as Hydrangea macrophylla. Will tolerate drought. Deciduous shrub. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rates of application.

Exposure
Plant in sun or partial shade

Height
72-96″

Spacing
96-120″

Hardy Temp
-40°F (-40°C)

Uses
A very hardy flowering shrub good for full sun locations. Perfect for a mixed container. Good for groupings and in mass plantings, shrub and perennial borders, as a specimen, a screen or a hedge.

Features
Dark pink flowers begin to appear as early as late summer. Will bloom through Fall. Flower color not affected by pH.

Awards Won
2006 – Best of Show
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2005 – 12 New Shrubs
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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Gail says:

    Thank you Anna! This may be the next hydrangea to be invited in my garden…It is gorgeous and I think the optimal growing conditions might be managed even by me! I appreciate how quickly you answered my question and wrote a wonderful post including links to Jodi’s blog and mine! You are a doll! Gail

    *** You are so welcome. I want it in my new gardens too and I requested one from Proven Winners. I bet I get one in the Fall. I’ve only had one PW that didn’t do well for me and that was a New Guinea Impatient. It was just too hot for it the beginning of this summer. We had 100 degree days and it fizzled out. I can’t blame it cause I did too.

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  2. Cinj says:

    Easy care? I’m all for that! I wish I could grow Limelight up here without all of the excess work. My hydrangea that I planted last year is finally starting to put out a few buds. It’s about time. It will probably take a while to bloom still though. Geez! Here it is almost August and I have several things I’m STILL waiting on. How odd is that?
    ** I don’t think it’s odd at all that your blooms are late in coming. Most perennials take up to 3 years before they start to look really good. It will come. Sorry that Limelight won’t work for you. I can’t get enough of them.

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  3. jodi says:

    I’m finally taking enough time to say I’m SO glad you have returned to garden blogging, Anna. It’s been a busy busy summer and I haven’t read as many blogs as during garden coping season (winter) but I think we’re all in the same boat there. I’m really taken by Quick Fire, as are you–I’m looking forward to how it’s going to perform this year, but it’s already doing very well and I think it may tie with LImeLight for favourite hydrangea. Love the unique colour.

    *** Thank you for welcoming me back. I really loved the post you did about whites in the garden. I don’t have a Quick Fire for my new house–but that’s just a technical difficulity;) I grew it at my former home. I DO have Little Lamb, Limelight, and Pinky Winky. That’s just in the front beds. They are itty bitty but mother nature and good dirt is on their side. I’m going to do Quick Fire in mass in my back beds. I’m so glad you stopped by. Gail will be glad to get this info.

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  4. deb says:

    Very pretty. Hydrangeas take more water in our hot weather than I am willing to part with, but I love looking at yours.
    ** I can understand that and I’ll post lots of pics. Sorry it’s been such a rough summer on you. I know it’s a bummer when you see your flowers stressed. I feel for ya.

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  5. Outstanding! I love hydrangeas and this would be another great addition to my garden I think. Love those red blooms. It sounds easy to take care of like my “Limelight”.
    ** It is very much like the Limelight!

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