Strawberry Sundae™ Hydrangea
A PeeGee with Amazing Flower Power!
It's an irresistible combination: big blooms on a compact shrub. Add the fact that these particular flowers open lime-green, then quickly turn creamy white, soft pink, and finally darkest red, and you have the makings of a showstopping garden or container display. Welcome Strawberry Sundae™, a compact, heavy-blooming, easy-care PeeGee Hydrangea!
Strawberry Sundae™ is just 4 to 5 feet tall and not quite as wide, just right for the foundation or driveway planting as well as the partly shaded border. You could even put it in a large container -- it's that compact! Well-branched, rounded, and bushy, it makes a huge impression in not much space, with large, bright green, toothy leaves that keep it handsome long before and after bloomtime.
But the flowers completely steal the show on this beauty. Beginning in early summer, long, thick, pointed wands begin arising, packed with florets. They keep coming for several months, so you'll see all flower colors present at the same time on the shrub. Cut all you like for fresh or dried bouquets, but save a few for garden enjoyment too. Magnificent!
This hydrangea is a PeeGee type, one of the cold-hardiest of all, and also very tolerant of urban pollution. Of course, like all hydrangeas, it loves moisture (that "hydra" in the name is the tip-off!), so plant it in good, continuously moist garden soil, or water the container regularly. Untroubled by pests and diseases, it is among the easiest of shrubs to grow. Give it full sunshine only in the northern edge of its hardiness range, opting for dappled or afternoon shade farther south and west.
Strawberry Sundae™ comes to us from French breeder Jean Renault, who is also responsible for the larger, weeping-habit Vanilla Strawberry®. Long-blooming, ever-changing, and easy to grow -- you just can't beat PeeGees! Zones 4-8.
|Zone||4 - 8|
|BloomStartToEnd||Early Summer - Early Fall|
|PlantHeight||4 ft - 5 ft|
|PlantWidth||3 ft - 4 ft|
|Additional Characteristics||Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Fast Growing, Flower, Long Bloomers|
|Bloom Color||Cream, Dark Pink, Dark Red, Light Green, Multi-Color, Rose, White|
|Foliage Color||Medium Green|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant|
|Soil Tolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy|
|Uses||Fall Color, Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Hedge, Ornamental, Specimen|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|