Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea: Soft Pink & White Flowering Shrubs

When it comes to making a dazzling bouquet or show-stopping garden, you should consider growing Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas. Not only is the flower beautiful to look at, but they are also quite easy to plant and grow.

The Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata) is a flowering shrub known for its stunning pink and white flowers and low maintenance characteristics. The plant flourishes for many years in the hardiness zones 4-9, and this hydrangea variety can also be grown as an annual flowering container plant.

This type of flower is beautiful, easy to care for, and is the perfect centerpiece for your garden. If you are thinking about growing a new type of flower in your garden, consider the Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea.

Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea
Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea

Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea: The Basics

The Vanilla Strawberry™ Hydrangea, by First Editions® is a panicle type of Hydrangea. This French hybrid that boasts beautiful pink and white blooms. The flowers start out as a creamy white at the start of their season and slowly turn into a pink or deep burgundy as the summer progresses. The growing conditions may also play a role in the color of the flower, which can range from white to a deep red.

Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas are known to be midsummer plants, meaning that they bloom in the middle of summertime. However, this flower can be planted as an annual and can bloom whenever the season starts to get hot. Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea flowers are a softer true pink than some other pink panicle hydrangeas like Quick Fire Hydrangea and Pinky Winky Hydrangea, which tend to be a more red-pink.

vanilla strawberry hydrangea

This type of hydrangea is known for its cone shape at the head of the flower. This is an iconic feature of the panicle hydrangea because other varieties will grow in a dome shape. Another distinct characteristic of this plant is its height. The plant can grow up to 6-7 feet tall and the shrubbery can spread out to 4-5 feet. If you are planting Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas, make sure to make enough room since they grow several branches and each plant produces multiple flowers. You won’t want to stifle this beauty!

The Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea may sound like a delicious plant from its name, but be sure not to eat it because it contains a poisonous chemical called cyanogenic glycoside, which can cause negative health effects. This type of flower is suitable for arrangements and decorations only.

Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea flower

Buying Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea Plants

Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea plants are offered by the following plant sellers:

The Vanilla Strawberry™ Hydrangea is a First Editions® panicle hydrangea cultivar.

Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea

Where Do Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas Grow Best?

This type of flower can be grown best in hardiness zones 4-9, although they can be grown annually in other parts of the world. Take a look at this map on the US forest service website to find out which hardiness zone you are in. For those in a more hot climate in the southern states, consider planting the Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea as a winter-blooming plant so the flowers won’t dry up in the hot summer season.

Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas also grow best in areas that have a lot of sunshine. This plant needs partial to full sun, depending on the climate in which you live. If you live in an area where the summer climate is harsh, it is best to find a location where the Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas will get shade during the mid-afternoon sun. If the plant is exposed to at least morning to late afternoon sun, the flowers should flourish.

Monarch Butterfly on Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea
Monarch Butterfly on Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea

How To Plant Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas

The Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea is pretty easy to plant and care for. A good tip when planting this type of flower is to make sure that you give the plant enough water in addition to well-drained soil. If you are planting a Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea that has already been started, make sure that the roots are not dry. If they are, make sure to soak the roots with water before putting the plant into the soil.

When you are locating the perfect spot before you start growing Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas, look for a location that has partial or full sun. Panicle hydrangeas need morning and late afternoon sun, the mid-day sun can be too intense for the flowers if you live in a climate with harsh summers. However, this flower variety does well with south-facing sun in comparison to other plants. If you are worried that the sunlight is too strong for the flowers, you can grow the hydrangeas in a location with partial shade where they will be protected from the mid-afternoon sun.

The seasons that are best for planting the Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea include the late fall or early spring. This can totally depend on the location of the flower. Hydrangeas shouldn’t be exposed to extreme temperatures, like cold winters or hot summers. If exposed to cooler temperatures in the nighttime, the Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas are more likely to become a dark burgundy color rather than its iconic cream and pink color.

Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea Shrub

The one downside about planting a Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea is how long it takes for the flowers to start blooming. It takes about a year or two before the beautiful pink and white flowers begin to show, so make sure that you keep this in mind before you start planting this type of hydrangea.

When planting a Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea, make sure that the soil is full of nutrients. If the soil that you are using is poor, you can add natural soil to provide the proper nutrients to the flower. Mulch is also a great option for the soil because it retains water for a longer period of time.

Apart from that, planting a Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea is simple. Just make sure that you dig a large enough hole to cover the root ball about 3 inches deep. Make sure that you water the plant often enough so that it doesn’t dry out during hot seasons. Watering about once a week should be perfect for the Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea, so it’s a pretty low-stress plant.

Pruning Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas

Pruning this hydrangea variety is simple, but very important. This practice keeps the plant sturdy, disease-free, and controls the shape and size of the large plant. Prune Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas in the early spring.

Start your pruning by removing any branches that are dead, damaged, diseased, or dying. Remove these branches right back to the base of the plant. Then move on to remove any branches that are crossing and rubbing along other branches, especially if they are not growing outwards from the center of the plant.

Now it’s time to remove are the oldest stems and deadhead overwintered flowers. Take your shears and start pruning the branches at a 45-degree angle. Take a step back and ensure that you are keeping the shrub in a rounded shape. If you are more of a visual learner, watch the video above on Youtube to see what it looks like to prune a Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea plant.

Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea in Bloom

Mary Jane Duford

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