Annabelle Hydrangea Is a BIG Summer Favorite

The beautiful white flowers of Annabelle Hydranga

The beautiful white flowers of Annabelle hydrangea

Many of the shrubs can produce 30 to 40 flower clusters per plant

Many of the shrubs can produce 30 to 40 flower clusters per plant.

Closeup of annabelle flower cluster

Close-up of Annabelle flower cluster

This is the hydrangea you immediately like, if you have it in your garden. Annabelle hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’) has a “wow” flower, especially if it was pruned severely in winter. It can have flower clusters up to a foot across. If not pruned severely, you will have a profuse number of blooms but smaller in size. I remember we had a row at our church, and they had hundreds of blooms every Father’s Day. I find these to be great plants that are easy to grow, and like most hydrangeas like light, filtered shade. The only negative I have for this plant is I do not find them to be long-lived, meaning five or six years at the most. But they are easy to grow and worth a space in many of our gardens. As the flower clusters age they become a lime green. Whether they are pure white or turning lime green, they are great for cut flowers, and that’s a bonus.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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