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Hydrangea Paniculata 'Switch Ophelia'

Hydrangea paniculata Polestar

Hardy Shrub

What is Hardy Shrub?

Super-compact variety with colour-changing flowers

Perfect for pots, balconies and small gardens

Blooms for five months!

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Ideal for containers, balconies and small gardens, Hydrangea paniculata Switch® 'Ophelia' is a uniquely compact variety of this popular hardy shrub. Masses of lacy flowerheads bear colour-changing blooms that open greenish white before becoming suffused with a rosy pink that deepens as the weather cools. Not only is 'Ophelia' uniquely compact, but it also bursts into flower much earlier than other paniculata varieties, before continuing to bloom for five months. The dried flowerheads remain on the plant to provide winter interest. Easy to grow, undemanding and shade-tolerant, this dwarf hydrangea is a truly rewarding plant to grow. Height and spread: 50cm (20in).

Plant height and spread is seasonal therefore we list by pot size rather than a defined plant size. The height and spread of the plant delivered will vary depending on the season, meaning arrival images are an indication only.

Height Up to 50cm (20in)
Spread Up to 50cm (20in)

Hardy Shrub

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1 x 10 Litre Potted Plant (KF3221)
1 x 10.5cm Potted Plant (KF1837)
1 x 3 Litre Potted Plant (KF0742)
1 x 3 Litre Potted Plant (KF1839)
2 x 10.5cm Potted Plants (KF1838)
1 x 6.5 Litre Potted Plant (KF2757)
1 x 12 Litre Potted Plant (KF3222)

Hydrangea paniculata prefers a sunny or semi-shaded position, with shelter from cold, drying winds. Grow hydrangea plants in any non-alkaline, fertile, moist soil. Improve the soil prior to planting by adding with plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost, ensuring that it is mixed in thoroughly and deeply.
Water regularly until plants are fully established. Leave the faded hydrangea flower heads in place until the new buds swell in spring to protect the delicate buds from frost damage. Prune after flowering, reducing the stems to restrict their growth to the available space and to improve the shape of the plant. If necessary, Hydrangea paniculata will tolerate hard pruning of the oldest stems to a few buds from ground level. This will also encourage larger flower heads to be produced. After pruning hydrangeas, apply a mulch of well rotted manure or compost around the base of the plant. Caution: irritant to skin and eyes, harmful if eaten.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £6.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £7.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

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