Blueberries & Cream®

The GIFT HYDRANGEA – Blueberries & Cream™ – is a lacecap Hydrangea with a difference – it has beautiful blue blooms offset with a cluster of light pale blue flushed buds in the center.

Free flowering and very compact in habit, the blue blooms are beautifully offset by the rich dark green foliage. Welcome it into your home as a flowering houseplant.

Easy to care for, just keep well watered (normally a glass of water every two days) and place anywhere around the house where you wish to enjoy their color.

 

Key Features

  • Early spring color
  • Brightens up any room
  • Dramatic blue flowers with light pale blue buds in the center
  • Vibrant glossy dark green leaves
  • Easy to care for
  • No fancy requirements

 

Key Features

  • Prolific flowering with beautiful dark rosy-red flowers surrounding creamy white centers
  • Deep green foliage
  • Compact mounding bush

Suggested uses

Indoor flowering plant, patio plant or in Zones 7 and higher, planted in the garden after bloom cycle is completed and nighttime temperatures exceed 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Growth Habit

Compact mounding habit, grows to 2 ft wide and tall if planted in the ground.

 

Flower Size

5-6” lacecap-type flowers in clusters.

 

Spacing

Plant 18” apart.

 

Hardiness

USDA Zone 7.

 

Flowering Period

4-6 weeks as an indoor house plant, longer if planted in the garden in Zone 7 and higher.

 

Number Of Flowers

Masses of lacecap flower clusters covering the plant.

 

Flower Color

Dark rosy-red, offset by a light center.

 

Fragrance

Not fragrant.

 

Foliage

Deciduous plant with medium-sized rich, dark-green leaves.

 

Pruning/Pinching

Not necessary, but can prune to shape after flowering if required. Blooms on old wood and shouldn’t be pruned after July 30.

 

Temperature

Foliage can be scorched during very hot weather particularly if the plants are exposed to full sun for part of the day. NOTE: Not winter-hardy below Zone 7.

 

Light Needs

Full sun to partial Shade. In extremely hot climates, plant where it receives filtered light.

 

Soil Needs

Performs best in friable, well-drained soil high in organic matter with a pH of 6.5 to 7 to maximize the red coloration of the open flowers.

 

Water Needs

As a house plant, keep well watered. In the garden, water well to establish. As with most macrophylla hydrangeas, soil should be kept moist for best performance.

 

Fertilizer

Feed with a general purpose fertilizer (20:20:20) before growth occurs in the spring.

 

Disease Tolerance

No different than other varieties; well-grown plants have minimal issues. If insects or mildew become an issue, ask about best sprays at your local nursery.

 

Pest Issues

Similar pest tolerance to other varieties.

 

Special Care

Strawberries & Cream is grown in greenhouses and should not be placed outdoors until after all blooms have faded and nighttime temperatures exceed 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Otherwise, no special care. Mildew may be a problem when weather conditions favor disease.

 

After flowering…

These GIFT HYDRANGEAS are specially grown over winter in a greenhouse and are prepared to give you summer colors during the early spring.  Once finished flowering inside, they can be moved outdoors onto the patio, but it is recommended to wait until the average night time temperature reaches 60 degrees. If planting out in the garden, it is often best in mid summer when the plant has been outside for a while and hardened to the outside climate. These GIFT HYDRANGEA varieties can only be planted into the garden in zones 7 and above.