Gardening

‘Berry White’ Hydrangeas Are About To Become Your New Favorite Flower

The blooms change color throughout the summer!

There are many different varieties of hydrangeas, but it’s the “Berry White” hydrangea that is blowing up Instagram right now.

The Berry White hydrangea is perfectly named because its color-changing blossoms start the season in a soft, muted white, only to later transform into a gentle, delicate pink and then finally a rich, raspberry red.

Eagle-eyed hydrangea groupies might notice that the Berry White hydrangea is reminiscent of the  Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea, which also undergoes a change of color. Well, they may look similar, but think of the Berry White as the sassier, more colorful counterpart to the Vanilla Strawberry. It has richer hues and stronger branches, making it a bit more sturdy and offering a bigger pop of color in your garden.

Part of the paniculata hydrangea family (also known as peegee hydrangeas or hardy hydrangeas), the Berry White is an accessible hydrangea to grow, even for beginner gardeners. They’re easy to care for and are quite adaptable to temperature and soil fluctuations.

USDA Gardening Zones For Berry White Hydrangeas

Berry White hydrangeas will flourish best in Zones 3 to 8. (Check your location on the USDA Hardiness Zone here). They need around 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day. Paniculata hydrangeas are so named because “panicle” refers to a conical branch of clustered flowers, and these branches do require pruning. For best results, gardening experts advise pruning about a third of old branches about once a year to keep your panicle hydrangeas full and healthy. (Most gardeners say it is preferable to prune hydrangea plants during winter when the shrub is bare and branches are easier to see.)