New take on a bodacious bloomer from antiquity.
There are far more reblooming Hydrangeas afloat in the garden scene.Some of them just seem to get more press than others. Granted Endless Summer Hydrangeas is one fabulous flowering shrub and easy to grow too. Everyone seems to overlook dependable old Annabelle Hydrangea. Maybe it’s because she only produces flowers of white. May I suggest that white is really a necessary addition to your garden design. White brightens and adds pizzazz to all the other colors around it. A garden without some white accents is missing out on true brilliance.
Hydrangea arborescens a.k.a. Annabelle Hydrangea has some weak points.
This dependable bloomer does have weak stems that make the shrub loose all presence of shape when in bloom. Following a rain it is infamous for doing the splits in fine form when the huge flowers are weighted with water. Yet, in frigid climates Annabelle guaranteed blooms because it only blooms on new growth. In a cutting garden, Annabelle Hydrangea spouts some humongous specimens if it is sheared to the ground each fall. In a viewing garden … well there was definitely room for some improvements here.
The breeders have been busy rendering a face lift on Hydrangea arborescens.
The initial results are wonderful. Incrediball™ Hydrangea is one stage stealer in full bloom. You won’t have to worry about it performing like a gymnast every time the sprinkler kicks on or the heavens burst out in raindrops. They have increased the strength of the stems to stop the flop that good old Hydrangea arborescens is so adept at.
Incrediball™ Hydrangea: A powerhouse of massive blooms.
The beyond reliable blooming trait is still intact so even gardeners in zone 3 will still be guaranteed a show of impressively massive snowy white flowers. Incrediball continues to pump out these 10-inch wide eruptions of petals from mid summer until frost puts him to sleep.
This easy to grow flowering bush will finish out at 4-5’ high and wide and deliver gold foliage for fall color. Hydrangeas do prefer morning sun only as the heat of afternoon without sufficient moisture guarantees wilt and browning of both leaf edges and blooms.
Incrediball is not what this article started, I just discovered him after the fact.
Incrediball is already available to purchase for your yard and garden. I highly recommend the beautiful quality of Hydrangeas purchased from the astute growers at Nature Hills Nursery where Incrediball is readily available right now. If you thought that Incrediball Hydrangea was incredible, check this out!
New and totally amazing new twist to Hydrangea arborescens improvements!
You get glorious color guaranteed to bloom its fool head off all the way up in zone 3. The huge pink flower heads of Invincibelle Spirit™ Hydrangea are simply astounding. Give the Proven Winners breeding artisans a round of applause. You will definitely want to reserve a spot for this beauty somewhere in your part shade planting spaces. It won’t be available to buy until next spring, though you just might see it in very short supply as some mail order nursery with clout.
The absolutely marvelous Invincibelle Spirit™ Hydrangea.
At least for those who live where the old wood isn’t frost bitten to the soil. In zone 3, it might become more of a perennial but don’t despair Invincibelle Spirit will still pump out blooms even with a vertically challenged presence. Lovely fall gold foliage on this easy to grow blooming shrub puts a welcome good night kiss on the face of your plantings in late fall. It matures to 4-5′ high and wide.
Getting performance with hydrangeas.
While both Incrediball and Invincibelle Spirit will readily adapt to a wide range of growing conditions, they are still hydrangea shrubs. Hydrangeas prefer cool, well draining soil that is rich in humus to hold some moisture. They also will need daily watering to remain at their very best. Dry spells don’t necessarily kill them but they definitely look a bit beat up for the remainder of the season when this unpleasant experience befalls them.
A yard without the decadence of Hydrangea blooms …
Is like an entire summer without sunshine.
Incrediball ™ Hydrangea / Hydrangea arborescens ‘Abetwo’ PPAF, CBRAF
Invincibelle Spirit™ Hydrangea / Hydrangea arborescens ‘NCHA1’ PPAF, CBRAF
Images courtesy of Proven Winners.