This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Hydrangea paniculata. Very few, if any late introductions for the garden and shrubbery please me so much as this Hydrangea. Hardy, easily, very easily propagated, very showy, lasting a long time too, it has few rivals; profuse of bloom, and that bloom changing from white to purple or red, it is continuously elegant; after two or more years growth it is little less than superb. Coming, too, about the 1st of August, when blooming shrubbery is mostly over, I constantly wonder why it is not more abundant in pleasure grounds.
The Hydrangea, Thomas Hogg, is newer, has not yet developed into much size, and is not, to my eye, so pleasing; it is not hardy, and will not take the place of paniculata. We are neglecting too much the old Hortensis, which we do not now often see in its old glory.
In this connection, I would remark that there has been a story, verbally circulated, that somebody was about to bring out a real novelty - a Hydrangea that clings to a wall, and has grand panicles. Can Mr. Meehan tell us about this, or shall we have to go to the Messrs. Parsons ? I am all anxiety. At any rate, H. paniculata would be a choice acquisition to all country gardens, front lawns, etc.
[We understand Messrs. Parsons have not yet a stock sufficient to warrant them in offering it for sale. Everyone who has seen the H. paniculata will appreciate the good words our correspondent has for it. - Ed. G. M].