Pinky Winky (Hydrangea paniculata 'Pinky Winky)
Paniculata hydrangeas will grow and bloom in a wide variety of climates (Often hardy to Zone 3!).
If your weather is too cold to support the pink and blue hydrangeas or if your landscape doesn't have much shade, consider growing one of the many types of paniculatas. North or south, we can all enjoy them. Another desirable trait of all paniculatas is their tolerance for pruning. One can prune them at any time except when they begin forming bloom heads in the summer.
The name "paniculata" comes from the fact that the blooms are usually panicle-shaped (somewhat cone shaped) rather than ball-shaped. Many paniculata blooms develop a lovely pink shade as the blooms age, extending their beauty into the fall. Paniculatas often get very large. 8-10 feet tall and wide is not unusual.
Here's a Hydrangea that's hardy to Zone 4, is not bothered by pH, blooms midsummer to frost, and tolerates drought. Massive flower heads, bicolored pink and white, are held upright on strong red stems. The Royal Horticultural Society conducted a 5-year trial of 47 varieties of Hydrangea paniculata, and Pinky Winky was one of just 10 given their highest rating, an Award of Garden Merit. Imagine this as a flowering hedge.
Cannot ship to California or Hawaii, ships with soil