This exceptional plant is a ‘sister’ variety to the very popular Hydrangea Vanille Fraise. Hydrangea Fraise Melba has very large conical flower heads of Ivory white produced from July onwards, as the flowers mature they gradually change colour to strawberry pink, starting from the base giving a dramatic two tone effect as they change. This is a very strong and hardy plant having bushy growth and strong flower stems that support the huge blooms without flopping over. Does well in partial shade and more difficult coreners as well as full sun, a good addition of late season colour to any garden whether grown as an impressive shrub, in a large container or as a flowering informal hedge.
Hydrangea Fraise Melba is easy to grow in sun or partial shade, they prefer a rich moisture retaining soil that doesnt dry out too much in Summer, thinnner and lighter soils would benefit from a good amount of organic matter being well mixed in the hole at planting time and these glorious shrubs enjoy a good mulch being applied during Spring to get the best from them, this is especially the case for younger plants. Prune the plants back hard to a low framework in Early Spring for best flowering and remove any weak or crossing stems at the same time. We recommend adding Rootgrow when planting all Hydrangeas to give them the best start.
How to grow Hydrangea Fraise Melba
Position: Full sun, partial shade.
Foliage: Deciduous shrub, leaves drop from the plant in Autumn and fresh new ones emerge in Spring.
Soil and site: Any good soil that retains moisture in Summer, Hydrangeas dont like to be dry.
Flowering time: July to September
Growth rate: moderate/fast
Ultimate height and spread: 200cm high x 200cm wide.
Hardiness: Fully hardy.
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and for the first season. Prune hard and mulch in Spring.
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