All About the Annabelle Hydrangea
Annabelle Hydrangea frequently refers to the plant that may also be called Wild Hydrangea, Smooth Hydrangea, or simply Annabelle. This beautiful white plant makes an excellent addition to any landscape located within the acceptable hardiness zones with adequate sun exposure and watering. Throughout the article we will examine all you need to know about the Annabelle Hydrangea including technical aspects and successful planting.
The Annabelle Hydrangea tends to grow anywhere between four and six feet in height with the same spacing requirements. These wonderful plants tend to bloom during the later part of the summer and into the fall months. Blooms are relatively large and white in color, with leaves that are a shade of yellow. The flowers that are produced are massive in size, being approximately ten inches. Moreover, these blooms appear in clusters giving it a relatively large floral span.
During the winter months the Annabelle Hydrangea is often kept trimmed down and therefore looks very much like a hedge. Growing well in hardiness zones three to nine, they are very tolerable of relatively harsh winters in comparison to most plants that need warmer climates. Pruning during extremely low temperatures is essential to keep the plant alive during this time of year. Pruning should also be done after the last frost of the year in which all dead or weak leaves are to be removed.
For best results, be sure to place the plant in an area with well-drained soil that is located partially within the shade. Although this plant can survive in full sun, you would be required to water it frequently to keep it from drying out. Furthermore, since this plant is intolerable to drought, those with frequent drought problems may wish to pick a different variety. In terms of soil requirements, this plant does best in acidic to neutral soil. Specifically pH levels 5.6 to 7.5 are recommended. Be sure to avoid letting the soil completely dry before the next watering cycle.
The Annabelle Hydrangea is not known to have a serious problem with pests or diseases. One complaint is that the clusters of flowers tend to droop when experiencing a good bit of rain and moisture. Note that this plant can be relatively dangerous if ingested by animals as well as people.
Believe it or not, this shrub is relatively low in terms of maintenance just requiring moist soil and minor pruning. Not only can you expect a bloom around the month of June, but a smaller bloom is likely to appear at the beginning of the fall season as well. The plant is a real trooper and can consistently thrive in hot and humid regions of the United States (Florida) as well as the northern states that have considerably cold winters. Obviously when planting this tree in the southern region, they should be provided adequate shading and moist soil. However, these shrubs perform well with full sun exposure if planted in northern states.
Many people use the shrub to line their driveways or walkways and in combination with other Hydrangea varieties. Others will plant one or two along side their houses or porches. Regardless of your landscaping needs, if you wish to add a sturdy, beautiful, and highly unique plant to your collection, this plant may be ideal for you.
In conclusion, the Annabelle Hydrangea is an extremely beautiful plant with massive clusters of flowers. Furthermore, it is ideal not only for southern regions, but tolerates the low temperatures of states in the northern region of the country as well. As with all plants, watering is required as well as pruning during the spring. Expect this plant to bloom during the late part of the summer through the early fall. This plant also makes a fantastic winter shrub. Be sure to add this fast-growing, low maintenance plant to your landscape this year!