This panicle hydrangea is grown for its huge, showy blooms that turn from white to pink in early summer. Firelight hydrangeas bloom on new growth, making them a reliable bloomer. They have strong stems that resist leaning over and can grow to 6 to 8 feet tall and wide. As the flowers turn from white to pink or magenta, they also have one of the darkest bloom colors of any panicle hydrangeas.
In Kansas, they prefer afternoon shade but can tolerate all-day sun with sufficient water. Even in the shade, hydrangeas need extra water in hot conditions. Mulching up to 3 inches around this plant helps regulate soil temperature and moisture. This plant may have some leaf diseases in damp conditions. They can be pruned back by a third in early spring. Firelight Hydrangeas work well as accent plants, in shade gardens, foundation plantings, and as hedges.