Watch this Southern bloom put on a colorful show throughout the summer.

By Southern Living
March 02, 2020

When a homeowner stumbles upon a landscaping problem, hydrangeas are always a trusty solution. Looking for an essential Southern flower to bring a garden to life? Hydrangeas. Wanting a low-maintenance perennial shrub that thrives in full sun? Hydrangeas. Hoping to boost curb appeal with colorful, heat-tolerant blooms? You guessed it—hydrangeas. There's a whole lot to love about the South's favorite flower. And here's yet another reason: a new selection called 'Strawberry Sundae' that puts on a colorful show throughout the summer.

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The 'Strawberry Sundae' hydrangea's compact size makes it a perfect fit for smaller outdoor spaces. This shrub will grow only 3 to 4 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in vibrant, showy blooms throughout the season. Give these hydrangeas full sun and regular water to keep them healthy. Snip blooms right before their peak for longer-lasting cut arrangements. 'Strawberry Sundae' hydrangeas can also be grown in containers. This selection is a part of the tried-and-true panicle hydrangea family, home to other favorite varieties like 'Limelight' and 'Grandiflora.'

The most exciting feature of the 'Strawberry Sundae' hydrangea is the stunning show its' flowers put on throughout the season. Expect these shrubs to start sprouting mid-summer with creamy white conical blooms. Later, as nighttime temperatures begin to cool off, the color will start changing to rosy pink. The blooms will keep transitioning to a deep strawberry red by fall. At certain points in the process, the flowers will look like vanilla ice cream drizzled in strawberry sauce—truly living up to its name by reminding gardeners of a favorite refreshing summertime treat. Passersby will stop in their tracks on the sidewalk to marvel at the ombré colored hydrangeas blooming throughout your landscape.

This article originally appeared on Southern Living.

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