This Hydrangea Blooms a Month Before the Others
‘Quick Fire’ hydrangeas bring bright color to yards all summer long.
No flower gets more hype than the hydrangea—and we think it’s well-deserved. Hydrangeas are prolific, long-lasting bloomers and tout a wide range of colors, shapes, and sizes. Not to mention, these flowers can survive—and thrive—in the South’s hot summers; fluffy white, pink, and blue blooms show off in yards throughout the season. Most gardeners probably have a trusty go-to variety, be it the bright purple petals of French hydrangeas or the crisp white clusters of an Oakleaf. You really can’t go wrong with whichever selection of this versatile, low-maintenance flower you choose.
There’s one selection in particular that’s recently caught our eye: ‘Quick Fire’ hydrangeas. They’re a member of the paniculata species. Sound familiar? Other famous members of this species include the popular ‘Limelight’ hydrangea. Paniculata is the toughest, most adaptable type of hydrangea.
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‘Quick Fire’ hydrangeas are low-maintenance shrubs that thrive in moist, well-drained soil, and they prefer to be planted in full sun to part shade. They can reach 6 to 8 feet tall and wide, and they grow in zones 3 to 8. Blooms start out white and then turn a pretty pink. Their rich color will extend into the fall, fading into a deeper red shade. If you’re short on yard space, try planting the dwarf ‘Little Quick Fire’ hydrangea; it grows only around 3 feet tall and wide. (Though small in size, this selection still delivers on eye-catching color.) Find both at your local nursery.
This hydrangea selection’s name alludes to its unique characteristic: It’s the first of its species to bloom, flowering almost a month before the others. Try planting ‘Quick Fire’ hydrangeas alongside a few ‘Limelights’ in your yard for a front-row seat to the seasonal show. As ‘Quick Fires’ white blooms transform to reddish-pink, the ‘Limelights’ bright white flowers are just beginning to come to life. Your yard will showcase a range of colorful hydreangeas throughout the season.