Last fall, when this gorgeous hydrangea's colours deepened to dark pink, fading to white at the top of the elongated blooms, everyone was clambering about this hydrangea! Check your local nursery for this must-have beauty!
This hydrangea begins blooming in early July with clusters of lime coloured elongated blooms. Once this beauty has begun blooming, it will continue to do so until September, producing new blooms during that period. As the flower matures, it takes on shades of pink, deepening in time to a rich dark pink, fading to white at the top of the panicle, the pink eventually spreading to the entire cluster of flowers. The flower colour remains for about four weeks before fading.
In ideal conditions, Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea can reach proportions of 6-7 feet in height and 5 feet in width. It is hardy in Canada zones 3-8 (USDA zones 4-9). Morning and late afternoon sun are ideal exposures for this plant. Partial shade is also acceptable.
Moist soil with good drainage is required. It can tolerate clay, sandy or loamy soil. Ph may alter the flower colour, though I've not seen it done.
The only pruning that may be required is the removal of dead blossoms. Easily maintained, this showy specimen is a lovely addition to the garden.