A mounding shrub that grows 3–5′ high with a wider spread. In July, it produces huge (8–12″) round heads of pure white blooms that remain attractive into September and can be cut for fresh or dried arrangements.
Its small scale and summer flowering make it a good choice for the mixed border. 'Annabelle' is most at home in partial shade and evenly moist but well-drained soil; she’ll grow in full sun if moisture is ample. Because she flowers heavily on the current season’s growth (“new wood”), most gardeners cut the stems to the ground in late winter. New shoots emerge from the base and bloom the same summer. Not a good choice for gardeners in the desert Southwest. Blooms on new wood.
Hydrangea is a valuable genus of some 100 species of shrubs and vines grown for their large and very showy flower heads. Hydrangeas are at their best in summer and fall—a quiet time for most woody plants—and are worth having for that reason alone. For more information on Hydrangea care, click on Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
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Hammybee from Barrington, Illinois
You can control the size/number of the flowers when and if you cut back in early spring. Cut back to 12" and the blooms will be huge. They will however tend to be rather floppy.
If you cut back less or leave new growth as is, is, there will be substantially more blooms about the size of golf balls with little to no floppiness. You decide which is way cool.
Miya from Tappan, NY
I absolutely love these shrubs. I live outside NYC and no matter what the weather has dished out these shrubs have shrugged it all off. I planted two of them about 10 years ago when they were about 6 inches tall and other than keeping them watered the first year I have done nothing but occasional pruning in the early spring. This past fall the lawn service weed wacked them to the ground to my dismay (got rid of the lawn service). I was worried they would not return but they did and beautifully. They are planted in the full sun and I never even water them. Best shrub I ever had!!!
doggiemom from Villanova, PA
Though the flowers look delicate, they hold up quite well, both on the plant and as a cut flower. The color is a very attractive white with a hint of lime green. One of my favorites in a vase, all alone or with other flowers. Sometimes the stems can be less stiff, causing the flowers to cascade on the plant. Though this is pretty, these don't work well as a cut flower.
TP from Litchfield CT
Purchased from WFF retail store and planted in full sun. All 3 plants had prolific blooms and doubled in size from the time we put them in the ground to the end of the summer. Looking forward to seeing how they do next year.
bohemian dressage from aiken, sc
I ordered 7 annabelle and 2 nantucket. of the 7 annabelle, two are gorgeous, three are "meh" in size and performance and two are downright wimpy. The nantucket are awful. One has looked dead upon arrival but we lightly scratched the trunk and there was green so we thought it might revive. Still looking completely dead after about 6 or 8 weeks. the other nantucket is wimpy. I really wish all the plants were as wonderful as the two nice annabelle. two out of nine is not really very good. they are planted in a row on the same side of the house, receiving morning sun, in the same soil. the plant disparity was obvious when we opened the package.
Growing H. anomala arborescens
Light/Watering: Most varieties thrive in full sun in the North, but in the South require afternoon shade. Moist soils that do not dry out are best; do not plant in hot, dry, exposed sites. Mulch to conserve moisture and buffer soil temperatures.
Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Fertilize once in spring with a fertilizer designed to encourage blooms (such as 15-30-15). Soils should be moist but well drained, and rich in organic matter.
Pests/Diseases: None serious. Occasionally powdery mildew will infect the foliage, especially in humid areas with poor air circulation. Treat with an appropriate fungicide if the problem is serious, and be sure to rake up and destroy all fallen foliage in the autumn.
Pruning: Can be shortened, or pruned back to the ground, either in fall or early spring. Hydrangea arborescens blooms on new wood.
Reflowering: You may cut the first flowering stems of H. arborescens 'Annabelle' and hang to dry for arrangements; rebloom may then occur in August or September.
Transplanting: Young plants may be transplanted when dormant in early spring; larger tree-form varieties are difficult to move once established, but it can be done. Prune top growth after transplanting to reduce water loss.
End of Season Care: Rake up and destroy any fallen foliage that was infected by powdery mildew or other fungi.
Calendar of Care
Early Spring: Prune as indicated above. Prune out any dead wood from all varieties. Feed plants with a fertilizer high in phosphorus (such as 15-30-15) to encourage blooms. Complete any transplanting before leaves unfurl.
Mid-Spring: Mulch plants after soil has warmed to conserve moisture and buffer soil temperatures. Watch for powdery mildew and treat as needed.
Summer: Cut flowering stems from H. arborescens 'Annabelle' and hang to dry if desired.
Fall: Remove and destroy any fallen foliage that was infected by powdery mildew. If not pruned in spring, plants can be shortened, or pruned back to the ground.
For more information on growing Hydrangeas, click here.