Name: Fire Light Tidbit® Panicle Hydrangea aka Hydrangea paniculata ‘SMNHPK’
Type of Plant: A low-growing, bone hardy (Zones 3-8) Hydrangea shrub with puffy white flowers that turn to pink in the fall. Fire Light Tidbit will grow 2 to 3 feet tall and wide.
Why I Love This Plant: First, it’s a short plant that people can put in a flower garden, foundation planting or container and it won’t grow too large. Secondly, since the flower buds are formed in the spring, it doesn’t matter how cold the winter or if it’s cut back in fall or early spring, it will still flower.
I love the fact that when one of my Fire Light Tidbit plants died back last winter, and I cut it to only 5 inches tall, it came back full and flower-filled that summer.
A Word to the Wise: This is a Hydrangea for full sun or part-sun, but it won’t flower as well in the shade. Water it deeply once a week and it will be happy.