Hydrangea paniculata 'Bombshell' (PBR)

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Buy Hydrangea paniculata 'Bombshell' (PBR) hydrangea: A new, free-flowering, compact hybrid

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: July to October
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A cultivar of Hydrangea paniculata, which is currently making a big splash 'on the scene'. It is unique because it has a compact habit, and almost rounded flowerheads, which appear prolifically for a long period from mid-summer. It also tends to form a more branching shrub than many of the other varieties currently available. A wonderful plant, its creamy-white flowers often emerge with a pale pink eye, and this becomes more pronounced as the flowers mature during the summer. The flower-heads are excellent in dried arrangements.

  • Garden care: To enhance flowering prune hard in early spring, cutting back the previous season's shoots to within a few buds of the permanent, woody framework of the plant.

  • Humans: Skin allergen; Pets: Harmful if eaten

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Beautiful shrub


Now in its second year, this plant has begun to establish itself more fully. It arrived dormant in spring 2020 and struggled during its first year, more my fault than anything as it was competing with large more established plants in the vicinity. However, this year it has gown substantially but has yet to produce any notable show of flowers, again probably my fault with lack of feed and also allowing the ground to dry out. I look forward to seeing it improve in the future.

Suffolk Punch



Very small when bought flowered for first time this year.


As I follow yr excellent website I know exactly what to expect. And it never disappoints.

The Greek



2nd year, the best yet


Plant is now in its second year, and it is delightful at this point a lovely shape with the flower heads developing their beauty.




This plant is quite unusual for a hydrangea.


The hydrangea grew long tentacles that meant the flowers laid on the floor. Would be ok in a more restricted position?, i planted it as a feature plant, and it looked like an octopus. Beautiful flowers.




First bombshell I bought was so pretty


these lovely flowers lie so close to ground and lie there getting dirty and in this rain so waterlogged that they falll off. how can I create stronger growth I trimmed well back last year and that did not impair growth this year so slow to flower as others have said. Love these little plants now have three. Do I need a support? very floppy


ky1 3hn scotland fife coastal


Dead Hydrangrea


I have many hydrangeas and know how to look after them, unfortunately, this plant did not survive the winter. There are no buds showing unlike my other hydrangeas which have many buds.




Healthy plant, slow growing in the location I wanted


Good plant, possibly hindered by inexperienced gardener




Interesting plant


This plant was happy last year - its first year - and am waiting to see new growth after such a hard winter. Fingers crossed.

sandra blair



Lovely compact hydrangea


A lovely compact variety. Flowers last for weeks gradually changing colour from lime tinted white to pale pink. Foliage also gives attractive autumn tints. As always Crocus delivered healthy high quality plants.

Extraordinary Spaces





I was looking for something for a fairly shaded part of our garden but also not too big. This seemed to fit the bill, it's very pretty in flower and although it's only been in situ for around eight months it has grown well. The border is surrounded by holly bushes and it can be quite dry in summer but we are in a quite exposed part of Yorkshire, facing the Pennies and its looking good so far.




Hydrangea paniculata Bombshell (PBR)

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We planted two Hydrange Paniculata Bombshell plants in late spring. They were already blooming and have done well. However, after a heavy rain the branches have fallen and are almost on the ground. I thought they would spring back up but it has been over a week and they are still down. The branches are not broken and some are still flowering. I did dead head a few of them and that seemed to help. Should I snip off all the flowers? Should the branches be supported with some type of stake? I am new to gardening and would like to keep these plants alive!


Hello, The stems of the paniculata hydrangeas are quite slender when they are young and may need supporting when they are in full bloom. You could just use some bamboo canes for this - or opt for something fancier like this... http://www.crocus.co.uk/product/_/fluted-plant-support/classid.2000020675/


What does PBR mean, please


Hello, PBR means that the plant is protected by Plant Breeders Rights, so it is illegal to propagate.


I bought a hydrangea paniculate 'bombshell' from crocus in October and planted it immediately in my rather heavy london soil. It had lovely Autumn colour before the leaves fell. Now it appears to have no shoots and in early April is not showing any sign of growth or leaves? Is this normal for this plant?


Hello, paniculata hydrangeas are much later into leaf than the macrophylla types, so I suspect you will just need to give it another 4 - 6 weeks.

I am looking to plant this hydrangea in front of my house. I chose this variety because of the colour as I am looking for Green/white also because of its low growth habit. I was wondering about the fading to pink. How Pink?? Many thanks


Hello It's not a bright pink, but the green/white flowers will gradually change colour as they mature to a definite pink. Kind regards

You mention this hydrangea tends to form a more branching shrub. Forgive my ignorance but does this mean it sends out horizontal branches?


Afternoon Rather that 'horizontal' branches, this hydrangea is a more rounded 'open' shrub, not as dense as some other hydrangeas. Hope this helps


Can you tell me if this hydrangea will stay whit no matter what the soil type and if not could you tell me a variety that definitely will, many thanks


Hello, The flowers of this Hydrangea are initially greenish cream before turning pinkish white and then pink as they age - no matter what soil pH you have.


Suggestions for planting low maintenance border please Hello, I recently had my garden extended by a piece of land measuring 34 metres by 14 metres, and my son purchased 23 Phormiums from you in last August on my behalf. I was delighted with the service I received, and the plants appear to be thriving well especially considering the dreadful weather we have suffered this winter. We also bought Rootgrow from you to assist with their development ,and also for use when we moved mature Acers and other shrubs. I still need more shrubs or other types of plants and would appreciate some advice as to what to use. Along one of the 14 metre lengths there is a "hedge" of bamboo plants, and adjacent to these on the return (long) length there is a small rise of earth, tapering down to ground level, with a specimen black bamboo at the end of the mound. There is also a mature acer, which we had to move, situated at the edge of the dividing path (between the lawn) on the field side of the garden. Would it be possible for you to suggest the names of suitable plants which I could purchase from you and which would compliment the existing ones. I am in my eighties and therefore need a very low maintenance garden. I would also like to introduce a little colour if possible. My garden is very exposed and is on quite a windy site. I look forward to your reply.

Marian Burgess

Hello there, There are many plants that might tempt you - here are some of my favourites:- Fatsia japonica http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/fatsia-japonica/classid.3840/ Rodgersia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.rodgersia/cat.plants/ Heuchera http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.heuchera/cat.plants/ Hydrangea paniculata http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.hydrangea-paniculata/ Aucuba japonica http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/aucuba-japonica/classid.277/ Rosa rugosa Alba http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/roses/shrub-rose/hedging/bush-rose/hedging-rose/other-shrub-rose/rosa-rugosa-alba/classid.1148/ Cotoneaster http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.cotoneaster/ Buddleja http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.buddleja/ I hope this helps, Helen Plant Doctor

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Specimen Ceanothus or another large bushy shrub.... Good afternoon, When I was first looking for a Ceanothus to replace the one we have in our front garden, I looked on your website, but you only had small ones. Our once lovely Ceanothus has been pruned out of all recognition again this year, as I planted it a bit too near our boundary when it was a baby. I know it may come back, but it is getting ridiculous as every time it grows back it has to be cut back again severely and then ooks a mess for most of the year. Have you got a nice, tall, bushy Ceanothus to replace it? I love my Ceanothus but perhaps if you don't have a big one, do you have another large, flowering shrub as an alternative? Hope you can help Regards Margaret


Hello Margaret, it is rare to find larger sized Ceanothus as they are usually quite short-lived and don't normally live longer than 6 - 8 years. We do have a selection of larger shrubs on our site like Hamamelis, Hydrangeas, Magnolias, Acer, Cornus, Cotinus, Philadelphus, Syringa and Viburnum, so you may find something of interest. They will be listed in this section. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Moving Hydrangeas Hello there, I have a wonderful Hydrangea 'Tricolor' which has just finished flowering for this year. However it is now getting too big for its space and I would like to move it. I am wondering if this is possible and if so if now is the best time to do this or if it would be better to wait till the spring. Hope you can help as it is a lovely plant and I do not want to lose it but it is definitely beginning to look unhappy in its current place, although the aspect is appropriate. Thanking you in advance for your time with this. Liz


Dear Helen Thank you so much for your prompt and helpful reply to my email about moving my Hydrangea. I will do as you say as I am very keen for it to survive! Thanks again Liz

Crocus Helpdesk

Hello Liz, The best time to move established shrubs is in the autumn when the soil is still warm but the plant isn't in full active growth - so now is perfect. Begin by marking a circle around the shrub, as wide as the widest branch. Dig a trench along the line of this circle. Use a fork to loosen the soil around the root ball as you go to reduce its size and weight so that it becomes manageable. When the root ball looks about the right size that you can still move it but there are still a lot of roots intact, begin to under cut the root ball with a sharp spade to sever the biggest woody roots. Roll up the root ball in sacking or plastic to protect the roots from damage and drying out. Move the shrub to a pre determined position. It is important to have the site ready so that you can transplant the shrub at once and it isn't left for hours (or worse!) drying out. Remove the sacking and plant the shrub in the new hole, at the depth at which it was previously planted. Firm well, water well and mulch with a good thick layer of well rotted farmyard manure. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor


Hydrangea not flowering Hi I have a Hydrangea in my garden. For a few years it was in a pot but for some reason, it only ever seem to flower every other year. The autumn before last, I planted it in the border as it was getting too big to leave in a pot. It didn't flower last year so I was expecting it to bloom this year but it hasn't got a single flower. Around the beginning of the year I noticed the slugs had had a go at it as it was looking poorly. However, I sorted that problem and the foliage is looking really healthy but it still hasn't got a single flower. Any ideas about what could have gone wrong, please? Thanks Sylvia

Sylvia Styles

Hello Sylvia, There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower, but the most likely cause of your problems are either a late frost killing off the buds, or it could be pruning at the wrong time of the year. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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