Hydrangea paniculata Vanilla Fraise "Vanille Fraise" has a distinctive feature - the plant is resistant to cold weather. And even if some of the bushes are still frozen - it's not scary, hydrangea is able to recover very quickly and well.
- Features of the variety
- Hydrangea: planting and care
- Hydrangea: reproduction
- Landscape design
Features of the variety
If you decide to plant a Vanilla Frize hydrangea, consider its size - the shrub can grow up to two meters in height in a fairly short time.
Hydrangea Vanilla Fries begins to bloom in July. With its large inflorescences up to 30 cm in diameter, it will delight all summer and the first half of autumn. Inflorescences are pyramidal, sterile, like many hydrangeas.
This variety is characterized by a unique extraordinary color of flowers, which can be both white and bright red on one bush at the same time. It is noteworthy that at the beginning of flowering, the hydrangea is strewn with white flowers. A little later, a pink border can be observed along the edge of the petals.
Gradually, the entire inflorescence acquires a pale pink hue, which turns into a rich crimson by autumn. Thus, due to the long flowering, all the colors of the hydrangea can be seen simultaneously on one bush.
Hydrangea: planting and care
For hydrangea to grow lush and bloom, seedlings should be grown in moist and rich soils. The best will be a combination of leafy soil, humus, sand and peat. If lime is present in the soil, the plant will not be able to grow.
Fertilize hydrangea well with slurry, ammonium, potassium nitrate, as well as superphosphate. Top dressing is important not only for flowering this year, but also for the formation of flower buds in the next. Nitrogen fertilizers can only be applied in spring, otherwise hydrangeas will not be able to prepare for winter and will be very frozen. Ash should not be added at all, as it can deoxidize the soil, and an alkaline reaction is harmful to hydrangeas.
Partial shade is desirable for planting. Sunny areas are less suitable, but you can risk planting it if you ensure the supply of water to your pet, that is, maintain the moisture of the soil. In the sun, the size of the peduncles becomes smaller.
In winter, the bushes must be protected from snow falling from the roof of the house. The shoots of the plant are quite fragile, they can be severely damaged.
There are no special requirements for pruning. As the flowering proceeds, in the fall, the inflorescences are cut off. In the spring, when the buds of growth are swollen, they cut out frozen, dry, weak and old shoots. In autumn, one-year-old shoots are shortened by 3-4 knots. This prevents frostbite of immature shoots and stimulates their development.
To preserve moisture in our climate, it is useful to mulch the root zone of hydrangeas. After warming up the soil, a layer of mature compost or peat about 8 cm is poured in spring.
Propagated by layering, dividing bushes, cuttings, less often by seeds. The features of hydrangea cuttings can be found here.
This variety, one might say, has become a cult among landscape planners in recent years. Hydrangea Vanilla Fries looks good in mixed plantings, mixborders. Her crown place in the group is the medium and background, since not everyone likes flowers that begin to stain for a short time in a close angle.
In mixborders it is combined with phlox, stonecrop, highlander, cuff. You can create an impressive composition if you knock out a hydrangea bush with hosts of large, even better giant varieties. The stamp form will allow you to save space under the plant for arranging the lower tier with other flowers. This is especially true for small gardens. And the preservation of the bushy shape will provide an impressive accent in any part of the garden - in the recreation area, in the parterre, by the veranda.
In landscape design magazines and brochures, there are photographs of hydrangeas planted along an avenue of birches. But both crops have shallow root systems and will compete vigorously for water. Such a combination is possible only for coastal areas, for a humid climate. Or it is necessary to carry out special drip irrigation with built-in soil moisture sensors.
Care should be taken when combining hydrangeas with spruces, although such compositions look good enough. The hydrangea variety is resistant to gas pollution and smoke, can be used in urban environments.
By purchasing and planting Vanille Fraise hydrangeas, you provide yourself with a loyal companion for years to come. In panicle hydrangea, the main trunk is able to live and develop up to 40 years.
Try to build a stable support, provide protection from snow from the roof and you will have a unique, abundantly flowering tree on a trunk. Or leave it with a bushy shape for a landscape-style corner.