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Hydrangea 'Annabelle' Overview
Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' is a deciduous shrub that has an open, bushy growth habit and toothed, ovate leaves. It is grown for its spectacular, spherical flower heads - which are made up of many tiny, sterile, white flowers - that can reach sizes of over 25cm across. Perfect for flower beds and borders of most kinds, Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' is becoming increasingly popular among gardeners with urban courtyard or informal cottage gardens alike. Low maintenance, Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' can be lightly pruned in spring to keep growth compact; cutting all, or some of the stems of mature plants right back to the ground in spring will re-invigorate them. Tolerant of most well-drained soils, Hydrangea 'Annabelle' likes moist, well-drained soil and is particularly happy in a slightly acidic growing medium. (Not recommended for shallow chalk soils.) It also likes a sheltered sunny position facing south or west. If planted in full sun however, it needs its roots kept moist all the time. Mulching in spring can improve soil moisture retention through the warmest months. Although hardy, late frosts can damage the buds, so growing them in a sheltered corner or against a warm wall in cold locations is recommended. This lovely cultivar has earned a coveted 'RHS Award of Garden Merit'.
Common problems with Hydrangea 'Annabelle'
How to propagate Hydrangea 'Annabelle'
Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer
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Other uses of Hydrangea 'Annabelle'
Screen/loose hedging Container (large) plant - water and feed regularly Cut flowers - fresh or dried