Strawberries & Cream is a lace cap Hydrangea with dramatic red/white lace cap flowers contrasting against large dark green foliage. It is ideal as a gift that can be used as a fantastic patio container plant as well as a garden specimen.
With its compact and bushy rounded growth habit Hydrangea Strawberries & Cream® makes an excellent garden specimen by itself or looks great in massed plantings.
A multitude of flowers cover the whole bush all season long. The deep red/white lace cap flowers and the large glossy dark green foliage makes it rather festive and a perfect gift. Red colour can vary according to soil pH levels.
Key Features of Strawberries & Cream®
- Flowers late spring through to mid summer.
- Individual flowers are 35-40 mm in diameter.
- Large glossy dark green leaves.
- Large heads of clustered dramatic red/white lace cap flowers covering the whole bush.
- Perfect for patio containers or the garden in single & mass plantings.
- Grows to 90-120cm high x 90-120 cm wide in the garden.
- Grows to 60 - 80cm in a container (select a large container 40-50cm wide).
Growing and Care Tips
- Prefers a partially shaded position.
- Cut foliage back to 2-3 pairs of buds in late winter.
- Plant 80-100 cm apart for massed planting and further apart for specimen planting.
- Prefers well worked friable soils that are either of a neutral or slightly alkaline pH.
- If soil is sandy or gravelly include organic matter and cover with mulch.
- Avoid very heavy water logged conditions.
- Prefers to be moderately to well watered over summer, especially while establishing.
- Cut back each stem to the 2nd or 3rd bud up from the base in late winter.
- Quite tolerant of cold conditions as it is deciduous so is dormant in winter.
- Feed in spring and again late summer with a general fertiliser.
- Prefers morning sun in hot climates, but will tolerate full sun in mild summer climates.
- Protect from extreme hot/windy weather in summer and at the same time apply extra water.
- For more information follow this link to the Fact Sheet: http://www.tesselaar.com/plants/hydrangeaseries/strawberriesandcream/