Name: Hydrangea paniculata Bobo (aka Hydrangea paniculata ‘Ilvobo’)
Type of Plant: This is a dwarf Hydrangea paniculata, a shrub we’ve all been waiting for so that we can plant a reliably blooming, hardy hydrangea in the foundation plantings and perennial beds. Bobo grows about 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide.
Why I love this: I love many hydrangeas in the paniculata species because they flower on new wood, so no matter if the winter is cold or you cut them back in the spring, they will still flower. I also love this short growing shrub because it does so well in a container, foundation planting or flower bed.
A Word to the Wise: Most Hydrangea paniculata varieties bloom best when they get at least 5 hours of sunlight. Give them some organic fertilizer every spring and an inch of composted manure before mulching and they will happily come into flower in late-July and be blooming until into October or first hard frost. Water deeply once a week.