Pruning smooth and panicle hydrangeas
Late winter and early spring is the time to prune Smooth Hydrangeas (those in the arborescens group) and Panicle Hydrangea (those in the paniculata group). Panicle Hydrangeas are also referred to as Hardy Hydrangeas.
Some popular Panicle Hydrangeas include:
- ‘Limelight’ (pictured right)
- ‘Pinky Winky’
- ‘Quick Fire’ (pictured at top)
- ‘Little Lamb’
Commonly sold Smooth Hydrangeas include:
- ‘Invincibelle Spirit’ (pictured left)
- ‘Bella Anna’
- ‘White Dome’
Simply prune back the shrub to the desired height, making cuts just above where another branch enters the stem.