Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 'Annabelle' hydrangea: How to grow

I was walking around my garden this weekend and I couldn't resist taking yet another picture of my Annabelle hydrangeas. As I wrote in a prior post, my Annabelle hydrangeas--with their dried blossoms--are a highlight of my winter garden (

This past week, online version of the Telegraph in London--wrote an article praising Annabelle hydrangeas and giving advice on how to grow them. Val Bourne writes:

"The cool white Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' produces one of the most magical of all winter seed heads. After the flowers have faded and fallen, a skeleton of fine tracery remains to catch the frost and low winter sunshine. So this is one hydrangea that deserves a prominent place in every garden, somewhere it can shine in three seasons - summer, autumn and winter."

For the full article, click here:


Anna--Flowergardengirl said...

I agree, the heads of those hydrangeas are beautiful. I want them in my new garden. I don't mind winter and the beauty it brings. It is so quiet and restful.

Frances said...

blogger seems to be having a ripple in the force..Anyway, we love the annabelles, they are natives here in the southeast US and can withstand the drought we sometimes experience, like now. These are way tougher than the H. macrophyllas, similare to the H. Pee Gees. We have to love a reliable shrub that that.

Frances at Faire Garden

Anonymous said...

Looks yummy - If you are looking for some cool plants for your next project/desert Heronswood Nursery has a nice (and quite large) selection of Hydrangea my particular favorite is Hydrangea macrophylla 'Masja'

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