Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanilla Strawberry’

Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea

We just got a new hydrangea for one of our porch beds and I’m really excited about it. It is Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanilla Strawberry’ and will be a great shrub.

Panicle hydrangeas are those that have conical-shaped flower heads and they are very hardy. This one is hardy down to zone 4. We live in a chilly outlying area that is probably a zone 4b but most of this region is in zone 5 (contrary to what the USDA says!). The shrubs will grow up to 7 feet tall and 5 feet wide. They prefer full sun and a moderate amount of water.

The panicles initially emerge as creamy white, then change to a pale pink and finally to a strawberry-colored red. Wow — I can hardly wait to see that!

We bought the shrub at Stanek’s Nursery located on Spokane’s South Hill (2929 E. 27th Ave., 509-535-2939) and they had it available in different sizes.

The plant was introduced by First Editions (www.firsteditionsplants.com) but their web site indicates this variety was created in France. Since I’m something of a Francophile, that makes it all the more special.¬†What I like about it is that the flowers can easily dried for use in arrangements and craft projects.

According to First Editions, other local retailers who carry First Editions stock include Northland Rosarium, General Store, Smart Gardens, Ritter’s Nursery and Plantland in the Spokane area. And at Northland Nursery, Aspen Landscaping, Westwood Gardens, Riverview Landscape, Vanhoff’s Garden Center, Petal Pushers and Ramona’s Garden in the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and Athol, Idaho, areas.

If you go to the First Editions web site, you can look at other new editions and additional information. You are certain to be tempted with all of the gorgeous plants.

Photo courtesy of First Editions.