Hydrangea 'Annabelle' - ShrubHydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'
With the size of a football!
The white Hydrangea 'Annabelle' (Hydrangea Macrophylla') is considered to be one of the most beautiful hydrangeas, with luxuriant growth and lots of enormous creamy-white flower heads in summer. The flowers are often the size of a football. A truly sensational garden feature which tolerates low temperatures remarkably well. Hydrangea 'Annabelle' grows best when placed in a sunny or partially sunny area. Water often.Show more
Planting and flowering details
Show moreThe Hydrangea grows best when planted in the open ground. Prior to planting soak the root ball of Hydrangea 'Annabelle' in a bucket of lukewarm water. Prepare a suitable sized hole in humus-rich soil that is not too dry. Improve poor garden soil by mixing in some compost. Plant the root ball of Hydrangea 'Annabelle' at the right depth in the hole, with the top of the root ball just slightly below ground level. Fill the hole with soil and press firmly. Water immediately after planting. Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’ likes a not too dry humus rich soil and enjoys a sunny or semi-shaded location.
Hydrangea 'Annabelle' is perfect for the gardenThe beautiful Hydrangea 'Annabelle' is an eye-catcher in any garden. The clusters of creamy white flowers are particularly impressive in large groups. For example if you fill your flower bed with these hydrangeas and surround them with low hedging, they will look fantastic. They also look at home in a border.
Show moreWater your Hydrangea 'Annabelle' more often during dry periods as this particular shrub hates dry soil. Provide it with compost and granulated cow manure every year in the winter and early spring. The branches of Hydrangea 'Annabelle' bloom annually. You can cut the bush each year until it's about 40 cm above ground level, other than that it doesn't require any other pruning.Hydrangea arborescens flowers on last year's sturdy stems. The whole shrub can be cut back to 40 cm above the ground every spring. Cutting back in March makes your hydrangea a more compact and bushier shrub. After flowering, cut the stems back to a strong pair of buds and this will encourage new flowers within 6 weeks! The Hydrangea arborescens is very hardy!
Show moreDuring the spring, the light green leaves of this tree are quite lovely. Its huge rounded flower heads start off light green and then gradually fade into a cream colour. They slowly turn green towards the end of summer. They look even more beautiful during the winter with a layer of frost. The flowers can grow between 20-30 cm in diameter! Hydrangea 'Annabelle' is also known as American Hydrangea.The name follows the Greek – Hydrangea, 'hydro' (water) and 'aggos' (pot) which again points to the shape of the fruit (pitcher shaped). Arborescens means tree shaped – indicating the form of the shrub.