Gardening & Outdoors
Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas add a touch of sweetness to every landscape and garden
There are many things to love about this plant but the very best of them is that it's beautifully low maintenance. 🌸😍
Elijah Chan

If you’re looking for a deliciously colored flower for your garden, you came to the right place.

Imagine your garden bursting with the soft hues of coral pink dusted on whites like Japanese avenues during spring.

And the best part about it is you don’t have to book a flight just to see those colors.

Beauty within reach

Hydrangeas come in hues of blue, purple, pink, and white. This time, though, a new color has graced the species.

Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea

Trust us, the plant does its name justice. In full bloom, the cone-shaped flowers look like a garden of strawberry ice cream or yogurt.

The species, scientifically named Hydrangea paniculata ‘Renhy’ was developed in France by Jean Renault.

The flower was voted the top plant of the year by the American Nursery and Landscape Association in 2010 and has since burst onto the gardening scene.

Want to plant these delectable flowers?

You might be wondering where to start. Like most species of hydrangea, the Vanilla Strawberry line does best when exposed to the sun.

If you live in the tropics or warmer regions, it also does well with afternoon shades.

At its peak, the flower can grow up to 6-7 feet! Its spread also reaches a radius of 4-5 feet so if you plan on planting these, make sure it has ample room to go tall and grow wide.

How to grow Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea?

According to home building magazine Better Homes and Gardens, two of the best windows to plant are spring and fall.

Just before “rapid growth” sets in during spring, and late autumn when the hydrangea goes dormant.

The soil should be rich.

If it isn’t, it’s recommended that you add compost. The soil should also be well-drained.

When planting the flower, make sure you dig a hole deep enough for the root ball to sit comfortably.

The good thing about hydrangeas is that they’re easy to maintain. As long as the plant is well-watered, you can expect the plant to bloom in a year or two.

According to the magazine, the species is resilient to pests and diseases.

How do you keep it in shape?

Pruning this species doesn’t take too much time. This type blooms on new growth instead of the previous season’s blooms.

When to prune?

The best time to remove old flowers is around February or March when the worst winter has passed.

You can also snip off blooms so you can add them to a bouquet. The colors will surely match any other flowers and will give your arrangement that soft graceful look.

Companion plants?

If you’re looking for plants to sow with it, choose the low-growing ones. The size of the Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea makes it a perfect background plant.

This way, your Vanilla Strawberry can tower over the other plants and lessen its competition for the sun.

It looks well with flowers of pink or purple shades. No matter the combination, we’re sure it will yield amazing results.

Try planting these out for yourself and tell us what you think!

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Source: Yahoo! PH News, Better Home and Gardens, HGTV
Featured Image: Pixabay, Leonora Enking – Flickr

By Elijah Chan
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Elijah Chan is a contributor at SBLY Media.