Hydrangea arborescens Sweet Annabelle ('NCHA4') (PBR)
sevenbark ( Sweet Annabelle )
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
The most recent addition to the popular 'ANNABELLE' series, and just like the others, this one has characteristicly strong stems and large flowerheads. The difference however is the colour of the flowers. The backs of the petals are a rich shade of raspberry, so when the flowers are just starting to unfurl from bud, the overall impression is of quite a strong pink, however as the upper surface of the petals is paler, the overall colouring is softer when the flowers have opened fully. Over the course of the summer the colour becomes even paler, and eventually the big heads take on a green hue. The flowers form on both new and old wood, which means that the plant can bloom for a really long period from early summer. This makes it an invaluable addition to the mixed or shrub border - as well as a large patio pot.
- Garden care: Hydrangeas do not like to dry out. In dry weather, soak the roots with a hose and the plant will usually recover. Remove faded flowerheads in spring after the danger of frosts, cutting back the flowered stems to a strong pair of buds. Take out misplaced or diseased shoots. Mulch young plants with a well-rotted manure or compost in spring. Once established, remove a quarter to a third of the shoots to the base of the plant.