‘Bobo’ Hydrangea Earns PHS Gold Medal
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) has included Proven Winners ColorChoice’s ‘Bobo’ Hydrangea paniculata in its 2021 list of Gold Medal Plants.
An exceptionally floriferous dwarf cultivar, ‘Bobo’ blooms in summer with large, lacy, white flowers that age to a soft pink. The compact cultivar reaches a height and width of 2.5 to 3 feet and is hardy to Zones 3 through 8.
‘Bobo’ hydrangea is one of seven plants award the 2021 PHS Gold Medal award. Plants are selected for the program based on hardiness, ease of growing, weather tolerance and pest resistance. According to the PHS website, the award “recognizes exceptional perennials and pollinator-friendly plants as judged by a committee of PHS horticulturists, expert gardeners, nursery owners and more.”
When notified about the award, breeder Johan Van Huylenbroeck of the Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture remarked, “When we selected ‘Bobo’ in 2005 in our hydrangea breeding program, I never thought that this dwarf plant could become such a giant for garden lovers. This award is a great recognition of our efforts to develop sustainable, healthy and good-looking garden plants. It encourages us to continue in this direction.”
‘Bobo’ joins ‘Limelight’ as a PHS Gold Medal award-winning Hydrangea paniculata. Both are Proven Winners ColorChoice varieties, introduced by Spring Meadow Nursery.
To learn more about the PHS Gold Medal Award, click here.