Bobo Hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata 'Bobo'

Family: Hydrangea

Type: Shrub

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bobo’ is a delightful dwarf variety, admired for its abundant white flowers that turn pinkish as they age. This compact hydrangea is perfect for small spaces and container gardening.

It’s known for its sturdy stems that hold up the large flower heads, preventing them from drooping. ‘Bobo’ is an excellent choice for adding a touch of elegance to any garden.

Thriving in full sun to partial shade, ‘Bobo’ is hardy in zones 3-8. It adapts well to various soil types but prefers well-draining, moist conditions.

Needs & Preferences

Hardiness Zone: 3b-3a

Pet Friendly: Yes

Moisture Preference: Average to moist

Sun Needs: Full sun to shade


Growth Rate: Medium

Average Height (feet): 3

Average Spread (feet): 4

Average Life Span (years): 40

Form: Mounded


Flower Color: White

Bloom Season: From mid summer to early fall

Foliage Color: Green

Foliage Shape: Pointy

Bark Color: Gray

Bark Texture: Smooth

Landscaping Your Yard With ‘Bobo’

Incorporating ‘Bobo’ into your landscape offers a charming and elegant touch. Its compact size and profuse blooms make it a versatile addition to any garden.This hydrangea is ideal for borders, small gardens, or as a stunning container plant. Its white to pink blooms complement a variety of other plants and garden styles.

Despite its size, ‘Bobo’ is low maintenance and offers high visual impact. It’s a great choice for gardeners looking for a beautiful, easy-to-care-for plant.


Suitable Garden Styles

Cottage Garden

In a cottage garden, 'Bobo' adds a whimsical, romantic flair. Its lush blooms blend well with the informal, densely planted style of these charming gardens.

Urban Gardens

For urban gardens, this hydrangea's compact growth is perfect. It brings a burst of nature to smaller city spaces or terrace gardens.

Formal Gardens

In formal gardens, 'Bobo' can be used to create elegant, symmetrical designs. Its consistent blooming pattern and compact habit are ideal for structured planting schemes.

‘Bobo’ Landscaping Ideas

Plant it in mixed perennial beds for a soft, elegant look. Its flowers offer a lovely contrast against various foliage textures.

Use it in container gardens on patios or balconies. ‘Bobo’ is well-suited for pots, adding a touch of elegance to urban outdoor spaces.

Group it with other sun-loving shrubs and perennials. Its stunning blooms provide a beautiful backdrop for a variety of garden plants.

Seasonal Interest


In spring, 'Bobo' begins to sprout lush green foliage. The garden starts to come alive in anticipation of the summer blooms.


During summer, it showcases its full beauty with large, white flowers that gradually turn pink. The plant becomes a highlight in the garden.


In the fall, the blooms of 'Bobo' may take on a deeper pink hue. The plant adds lasting interest to the garden as it prepares for dormancy.


In winter, 'Bobo' enters a dormant phase. While not visible above ground, it's gathering energy for another season of growth and blooming.

Planting Tips

Where to Plant

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bobo’ is best suited for areas with full sun to partial shade. It’s ideal for small gardens, borders, and containers, thriving in spots that receive several hours of sunlight daily.


'Bobo' performs well in full sun to partial shade. Adequate sunlight is crucial for optimal blooming, but in hotter climates, some afternoon shade is beneficial.


This hydrangea prefers well-draining, moist soil with good fertility. Soil pH is less critical for 'Bobo' compared to other hydrangea varieties.


Space 'Bobo' Hydrangeas about 3 feet apart. This spacing allows for proper growth and air circulation, which is essential for the health of the plant.

When to Plant

The optimal time to plant is in the spring or early fall. Planting during these cooler temperatures helps the hydrangea establish without the stress of extreme heat or cold.

How to Plant

Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Place the hydrangea in the hole, fill with soil, and water thoroughly. Ensure the top of the root ball is level with the ground.

Plant Care Tips


Regular watering is important, especially during dry spells. ‘Bobo’ prefers consistently moist soil but does not like to be waterlogged.


Fertilize in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to encourage healthy growth and abundant flowering.


Prune ‘Bobo’ in late winter or early spring. Since it blooms on new wood, pruning encourages more robust blooms and maintains plant shape.

By Season


Spring Care

In spring, clear away any dead stems and apply mulch. Begin regular watering and fertilizing as new growth appears.

Summer Care

Maintain consistent moisture during summer. Mulching helps retain soil moisture and keeps roots cool.

Fall Care

Reduce watering as the plant prepares for dormancy. Clean up any fallen leaves to keep the area tidy.

Winter Care

'Bobo' Hydrangea is dormant in winter. Ensure it's well-mulched to protect the roots from freezing temperatures.


How Big Does Hydrangea paniculata 'Bobo' Get?

‘Bobo’ Hydrangea grows to about 2-3 feet tall and wide, making it a compact choice for various garden settings.

Are 'Bobo' Hydrangeas Deer Resistant?

Like most hydrangeas, ‘Bobo’ is not particularly deer resistant. It may require protection in areas with high deer activity.

Can 'Bobo' Hydrangea Grow in Full Shade?

While ‘Bobo’ can tolerate partial shade, it performs best with at least several hours of sun. Full shade may reduce the number and size of its blooms.

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