The big, cone-shaped blooms of Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata) emerge a creamy white in mid-summer. As the season progresses and temperatures cool, they begin to take on pink tones, eventually changing to deep rose. This hydrangea is very hardy, thriving from the chilly North to the steamy South. It makes a very nice cut flower, either fresh or dried. Long-blooming Vanilla Strawberry™ makes a superb companion to the drought-proof ornamental grasses, late-blooming sedums, and Knock Out roses.