I lived in apartments for many years with no outdoor space to call my own. However, now that I’m lucky enough to live in a house with a back yard and enough room for plants and flowers, I’m obsessed with finding new and beautiful greenery to add to the space. When I discovered vanilla strawberry hydrangeas, I nearly lost my mind because they’re so pretty!
- Vanilla strawberry hydrangeas are a relatively new invention. They were first introduced back in 2009 by Frenchman Jean Renault and it immediately loved, to the point that the American Nursery and Landscape Association named it plant of the year. It’s just that beautiful!
- It changes colors as it matures. The vanilla strawberry hydrangea got its name since it changes colors as it grows, going from a (still beautiful) white flowering shrub with just a tiny hint of pink to its full-blown, strawberry pink dream. Ugh, I love it.
- They’re easy to grow if you’d like to try. If you have some space to plant this shrub and would love some vanilla strawberry hydrangeas in your own life, you’re in luck. Seeds are pretty inexpensive and the plants themselves are easy enough to grow, which is good news for those of us without a green thumb.
- So what does it need to thrive? These flowering shrubs need a lot of sunlight, so it’s best to plant them in a place where they’ll get plenty. Given that it can reach heights of up to 7 feet when fully mature with a spread of up to five feet, you’ll also want to make sure it’ll have the room it needs to grow. Water it well, but no need to fuss with it too much as it’s a pretty hardy plant. Better Homes & Gardens has more tips for making your vanilla strawberry hydrangeas the envy of all your neighbors.