Now This Is A Sun-Loving Hydrangea

This is an Annabelle hydrangea in full sun

Visiting a friend’s garden is so much fun. I always learn something too. Over this weekend, on a social distance visit, I was struck once again at the magnificence of the flowers of the Annabelle hydrangea. Some of the bloom clusters are over a foot across. Theirs is grown in full sun and were cut back severely in the very early spring. They hold up well as cut flowers, if they are cut early in the morning and conditioned. Easy to grow is a characteristic of this type of hydrangea. They require good soil, adequate water when it’s dry and fertilization when the plant is actively growing before flowering begins. When I have grown them, I like to mulch mine with pine straw after they are cut back in early spring. And here is a real bonus, they can be planted in bloom because that is about the only time you can find them in local garden centers. So buy a couple in bloom and add them to your garden this year. I space mine about three feet apart at planting.

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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