Vanilla Strawberry bush in zone 7 NC at flowergardengirl.com
Ok so…my Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea has brown spots and hardly any burgundy color. What is the deal right? I first brought mine home in 201o I think…thereabouts..and just could not wait for it to produce strawberry like blooms.
Vanilla Strawberry bush at the craftsman style home of Anna at flowergardengirl.com
The wait became excruciating as the Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea took forever to grow. I got it in a small container and planted in perfect soil. The sun was strong dappled light. Sometimes direct sun. I fertilized it with Holly Tone in the spring and never cut it back.
Vanilla Strawberry bush with Red Knockout bush flowergardengirl.com in zome 7 NC
It grew at a snails pace and then my neighbor cut down his tree so the plant would receive full sun. It grew a bit faster but still really slow compared to say my Limelight hydrangea which grew at break neck speed.
Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea bloom in a soft pink at flowergardengirl.com
I never got that burgundy beauty color that Vanilla Strawberry hydrangeas are so famous for….the one pictured on the tag.
Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea bloom in soft pink but not the burgundy as advertised at flowergardengirl.com
Well I learned that here in the South or anywhere you have hot summers, you probably will have a faint pink color as the bloom matures. It’s just how it is. You will also get brown spots as the leaf petal dies.
Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea bloom showing brown spots at flowergardengirl.com
I’m sorry for you and me that we can’t have the beauty is was advertised to have but I still really like the hydrangea. The deer do too. i have to keep Liquid Fence or Deer Off sprayed on it.
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