August 9, 2009

Hydrangea Annabelle

Annabelle is one of the hydrangeas that will do well in northern areas. I really love the blue/pink hydrangeas, so I tried a cultivar that was supposedly bred for zone 4, but had no success with it: lots of foliage, nary a flower. Perhaps 10 or 12 years ago, I planted 3 little Annabelles along the east side of my house; they looked so small and forlorn. Now they've spread into a large, beautiful hedge with 8 to 10 inch flower heads, which you see as you drive up to the house. Later in the season, as the flower heads turn greenish, they are perfect for drying.

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