The Teddington Gardener

Phantom

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Laser-cut silhouettes of Hydrangea paniculata ‘Phantom’

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Billowing clouds of Hydrangea paniculata ‘Phantom’

A magnificent shrub, Hydrangea paniculata ‘Phantom’ has huge conical white flower heads, tapering clouds up to 45cm long. The flower bracts the are pale green in early summer, turning white from July to August, finally darkening to pink before falling in September.

For largest possible flower heads, Hydrangea paniculata ‘Phantom’ should be pruned back hard to around 20 – 30 cm (1 ft) above ground level and mulched yearly.


  • Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
  • Soil: Well drained, fertile soil.
  • Hardiness: Hardy.
  • Flowering Period: July – September.
  • Rate of Growth: Moderate.
  • Habit: Hydrangea paniculata ‘Phantom’ grows to be a medium sized, branching shrub which can be pruned hard if required.
  • Height and spread: 2.5 m (8 ft) if left unpruned. (up to 1.2 m if pruned yearly)
  • Pruning: Prune Hydrangea paniculata ‘Phantom’ back to a bud, 20 – 40 cm above the ground each March. This will keep the plant from getting too large and increase the size of the flower heads.

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