|Hydrangea, Annabelle |
Light:Part Sun-Full Shade
Annabelle is very versatile. Like most other hydrangeas, it prefers morning sun and afternoon shade or dappled shade all day. Although it does better in heavy shade than other hydrangeas do. The more morning sun it gets the better it blooms. The blooms will not last as long if they are exposed regularly to hot afternoon sun, but it will not kill the shrub.
Annabelle is a stunning white hydrangea, often producing heads over 10" in diameter. Unlike the better known blue and pink hydrangeas (macrophyllas), Annabelle blooms every year even after severe pruning or intensely cold winters. The huge, white "drumstick" blooms appear in profusion without fail.Some people plant 'Annabelle' as a hedge since it can be cut back severely in the winter for a tidy effect. Hydrangea needs a rich, organic soil that is well drained (definitely no standing water) and which is preferably slightly acidic. You can accomplish this by preparing the planting site with lots of organic matter and peat moss before you plant.They are heavy consumers of water and should be watered regularly, particularly during dry spells. However, they will drown in standing water, so be sure that water doesn’t accumulate around their roots. You may fertilize them to encourage the showiest blooms, but I find it isn’t necessary. If you do choose to boost them with fertilizer, discontinue the fertilizing after the end of July to allow the plants adequate time to harden for the coming winter.
$4 per pot