Thursday, July 31, 2014

Favorite Flowers - Strawberry-Vanilla Hydrangea

Hello dear garden friends!
It has been a wonderful few days in the garden.
Cool morning and highs in the mid-70s.
Isn't that wonderful?
Makes me want to open all the windows and call it fall!
But we have August yet to go....

Todays favorite flower is actually a shrub.
Strawberry Vanilla Hydrangea is a paniculata hydrangea.
What does that mean?
It is much more woody stemmed than the old fashioned mopheads.
It grows upright and out.
It can be quite large once established.
Up to 8 ft by 8ft I think.
Mine is in front of the air conditioner unit.
So it will do a good job hiding it in the summer months.

This is the first phase of its color.
It will turn more pink starting at the bottoms of the blooms soon.
An ombre effect.
I will share pics again once that happens too.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...Brooke

Brooke Berry Kroeger writes at the Creative Country Mom blog. There she shares her photography and country lifestyle. She enjoys incorporating vintage finds and repurposed treasures in her Southern Indiana farmhouse and garden. She is an avid gardener and grows a cottage-style free flowering “mass of color” landscape. She also does a video series called “Notes From A Country Garden” on YouTube.  She loves to talk about gardening and often lectures at area Gardening Events and Clubs.  Her home and garden is located in Southern Indiana and open to small groups upon request.  You can contact her at
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  1. wunderschöne bilder, ihr anwesen ist ja riesig!!! ich liebe die anordnung und die schönen blumen, alles liebe von angie
    haben sie einen übersetzer im blog, ich kann ihn nicht finden

  2. Beautiful! I love white flowers especially--they look so pretty in the house!

  3. That is a beautiful hydrangea. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home.


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