Hydrangea paniculata Vanilla fries “Vanille Fraise” has its own distinctive feature – this plant is resistant to cold weather. This kind of hydrangea stands low temperatures to -40 degrees. And you should not think about its shelter when you prepare green plantations for the wintering. Even if some bushes get frozen – it is not terrible, hydrangea can recover very quickly and we
Before the planting you should think about the size of Hydrangea Vanilla fries. The bush can grow up to two meters in a relatively short time.
Hydrangea Vanilla fries starts to bloom in July. With the large inflorescences up to 30 cm in diameter, it will delight you all summer and the first half of autumn. That inflorescences are pyramidal, barren, and looks like many hydrangeas.
This kind of Hydrangea has a unique, extraordinary color of the flowers, which may be white and bright red at the same time on the one bush. It is noteworthy that at the beginning of the flowering process hydrangea is covered with white flowers. A little later on the edge of the petals you can see a pink border.
Gradually, all the inflorescences get soft pink shade and when the autumn starts it turns into a rich crimson. So due to the long flowering on one bush you can see all the colors of the hydrangea.
If you want to Hydrangeas being known for its lush growth and flowering, then the plants should be grown in moist rich soil. The combination of leaf earth, humus, sand and peat will be the best. And if there is a lime in a soil, the plant will not grow.
It is good to feed Hydrangea Vanilla fries with the slurry, ammonium, potassium nitrate and superphosphate. This fertilizing is important not only for this year blooming, but for the next year formation of flower buds. Nitrogen fertilizers can be applied only in the spring, otherwise hydrangeas will not be able to prepare for winter and get heavily frosted. You should not mix it with the ashes just because it can make your soil acidic and alkaline reaction is harmful to hydrangeas.
It is recommended to plant hydrangeas in a half-shadowed places. The sunny areas are less suitable, but you can take a chance. If you will feed enough your plant with water, you can keep the soil moist. But in the sun the size of the stalks is getting shallow.
In winter, the bushes should be protected from the snow falling from the roof of the house. The shoots of the plants are quite fragile and can be greatly damaged.
There are no specific pruning requirements. The inflorescences get cut in autumn, when the flowering process is moving to the end. In the spring, when the buds swelled growth, it is strictly recommended to cut off all the frosted, dry, weak and old shoots. In autumn you should make the one-year-old shoots shorter for the at 3-4 knots. It warns the unripe shoots to get frozen damages and stimulates the development of the plant.
In our climate it is better to save the moisture so it will be useful to mulch the root zone of the hydrangeas. In summer when the soil becomes warm, you should pour a layer of Mature compost or peat (about 8 cm).
Propagation process is associated with pruning, division, cuttings. Rarely, it goes with the seeds. All the features of hydrangeas cuttings you can find here.
In recent years this kind of hydrangeas, one might say, has become a cult among landscapers. Hydrangea Vanilla fries looks well in mixed plantings and mixed borders. Because of the color of its flowers, which not everyone likes at the start of flowering, Hydrangea Vanille Fraise has its own crown place – as the middle or back plant in the composition.
In mixed borders goes well with Phlox, Sedum prominent, Knotweed plant and cuff. You can make an impressive composition with the hosts of large, even better the giant kinds. Stam form will allow you to keep the place under the plant for the arrangement of the lower layer other flowers. It is the most actual for the small gardens. And if you will save bushy shape it will provide you an impressive accent to any part of the garden – in the recreation area, in ground, near the porch.
In landscape design magazines and brochures, there are pictures of hydrangeas planted along the Avenue of birches. But both cultures have a superficial root system, and they will actively compete for water. So this combination is possible to use only in coastal areas, in wet climate. Or you must have the special drip irrigation with built-in sensors of the soil moisture.
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So you should make a stable support, protect the plant from snow melt from the roof and you will have a unique, richly flowering tree on the trunk. Or you can leave its bushy form for decoration the area in a landscape style.