Vanilla Strawberry® Hydrangea
|Acidic, Adaptable, Well Drained
Vanilla Strawberry® is a delicious new hydrangea from the French breeder Jean Renault.
Flowers emerge creamy white in mid-summer, transition to pink, and finally to a deep strawberry pink in fall. The flowers will remind you of a refreshing strawberry sundae on a hot summer afternoon.
With its awesome colors and relatively small size, this hydrangea can add beauty to any garden. The fantastic flower of the Vanilla Strawberry® Hydrangea lasts well into fall and is perfect for fresh cut and dried flower arrangements.
Combine the Vanilla Strawberry with other Hydrangeas in your garden. Mix different varieties to enjoy a longer bloom time! The Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea a fast-growing Hydrangea so it makes a great hedge plant. The upright habit and large flower panicles will add a strong yet elegant form to any border or natural area.
When Should This Shrub Be Pruned?
You don’t need to prune hydrangeas, but pruning after they are done blooming can help encourage a bushier growth and renew an older plant. You can also prune (even heavily to control size) in winter as this hydrangea blooms on new wood.
What Are Good Companion Plants For This Hydrangea?
Wintercreeper ground cover, coral bells, and hostas all pair well in mixed garden beds with this hydrangea.
When Does This Hydrangea Bloom?
Expect lush blooms from this shrub in late summer. Try a staggered hedge with the Strawberry Vanilla® in back and the Strawberry Sundae® in front for a stellar look and phenomenal display.
When planting your First Editions Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea be sure you have the right location and conditions for your new plants to thrive. Spring and Fall are ideal times to plant Hydrangeas. Avoid planting hydrangeas in summer when temperatures are mid80s or higher.
The Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea requires full sun to part shade and prefers moist, well-drained, fertile soil. In hot climates, hydrangeas will do best with some shade. This variety's color is not affected by soil pH. Throughout its life a Hydrangea will do best with a deep watering once weekly during hot temperatures. Mulching at about 3 inches deep is highly recommended for hydrangeas. Mulching will cut back on watering needs and protect your plant in extreme temperatures. Choose a balanced, slow release fertilizer for flowering plants. Fertilize once in spring after the last chance of frost and again in early summer for best results. You don’t need to prune hydrangeas, but pruning after they are done blooming can help encourage a bushier growth and renew an older plant. You can also prune (even heavily to control size) in winter as this hydrangea blooms on new wood.
The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants. Proper location choice, watering, and fertilization are the keys to your success. The First Editions collection is pest and disease resistant making care a breeze!
The Vanilla Strawberry® Hydrangea is perfect for accenting your home and garden! Anchoring the corners of your home with this stand out shrub will add color, beauty, and flair like no other! You will love the endless blooms in a hedge or group planting. Try a staggered hedge with the Strawberry Vanilla® in back and the Strawberry Sundae® in front for a stellar look and phenomenal display.