Hydrangea arborescens Strong Annabelle ('Abetwo') (PBR)

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  • 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

    This recently introduced Hydrangea has tougher branches than many of the other arborescens types, which means that as they mature they will stand up better in more exposed positions and will rarely flop over when laden with flowers. The glorious bundles of white flowers will also get larger as the plant grows older, but even when they are still quite young, they will put on a dazzling and long-lasting display from mid summer.

  • Garden care: In hot weather, thoroughly soak the plants roots when watering to prevent it drying out. Remove faded flowerheads in spring after the danger of frosts, cutting back the flowered stems to a strong pair of buds and take out misplaced or diseased shoots. Once established, remove a quarter to a third of the shoots to the base of the plant. Cutting it back in this way will keep it compact and will also result in a branching, bushier shrub. Mulch young plants with a well-rotted manure or compost in spring.

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CrocusHydrangea arborescensIncrediball('Abetwo')
 
4.7

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Pros

  • Accurate instructions (7)
  • Attractive (6)
  • Hardy (6)
  • Healthy (6)

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4.0

Yet to decide

By KIT

from south Lincolnshire

Verified Buyer

Pros

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  • Attractive
  • Healthy

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    Comments about Hydrangea arborescens Strong Annabelle ('Abetwo') (PBR):

    The plant as purchased is only one year since purchase, the coming summer growing season will definately supply whether the puchased plant ia/has been/was a success

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    5.0

    Fantastic

    By Anna

    from Nottingham

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    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy
    • Stunning

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      Comments about Hydrangea arborescens Strong Annabelle ('Abetwo') (PBR):

      This has performed fantastically in its first year. I am expecting it to blossom spectacularly next year.

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      5.0

      Great big blooms

      By Oatcake lady

      from Leek, Staffordshire

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      • Attractive
      • Hardy
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        Comments about Hydrangea arborescens Strong Annabelle ('Abetwo') (PBR):

        Great plant, ended up buying another and my Mom has also now brought one. I wanted something that was low maintenance, would fill a gap and had impact and this doesn't disappoint. One is in full sun, the other partial shade but both perform well with huge blooms which I regularly cut to display indoors, really healthy low maintenance plant. Arrived quickly with clear instructions and soon bedded in and started producing gorgeous flowers which last for ages. This was a bit pricey compared to what I'd normally spend on plants but see it as a worthwhile investment as should last for years to come.

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        5.0

        I would deffinately recommend this product

        By Trinny

        from Exeter

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        • Attractive
        • Hardy
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          Comments about Hydrangea arborescens Strong Annabelle ('Abetwo') (PBR):

          Put several plants together for a great display and add manure each year to help protect and feed them.

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          5.0

          I would buy this again

          By SueMac

          from NorthNotts

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          • Attractive
          • Flowered Well
          • Hardy
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            Comments about Hydrangea arborescens Strong Annabelle ('Abetwo') (PBR):

            Shows up well against evergreen hedge.

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            5.0

            incredible service

            By merv

            from Glamorgan S Wales

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              Comments about Crocus Hydrangea arborescensIncrediball('Abetwo'):

              ordered product at 10.30 Tues morning product arrived 10.0 Wed less than 24 hrs amazing
              product was packaged so it was impossible to be damaged whilst in transit and plant was of a good quality and size Now its for me to wait for nature to give me results
              very pleased customer

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              • Keen but clueless

              (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Impressive flower power

              By Goldfinch

              from Harrogate

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                Comments about Crocus Hydrangea arborescensIncrediball('Abetwo'):

                I counted 14 flowers on my shrub in the first season & will leave these on over winter.
                The size of the flowers is impressive.
                I bought this as the stems are stronger than the original Annabel, however I found they still benefit from some support which I am happy to provide for a great display.

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                • Q:

                  Hi, at the time of writing it's mid March and I am worried that I'm seeing no new growth on my Annabell Strong that I purchased last year, while the plant seems to be alive but it' seems rather spindley. I'm comparing it to Hydrangea Limelight that you supplied at the same time as Annabell and Limelight is budding nicely. Should I give Annabell some more time, or prune it, or is something wrong?
                  Asked on 20/3/2017 by impatient gardener from Southampton

                  1 answer

                  • Plant Doctor

                    A:

                    Hello,

                    Not all hydrangeas start producing their new leaves at the same time, so it is not unusual for some to be budding up and others to look completely dormant - while some hydranges naturally have much stouter stems than others. With this in mind, it is still too early for these plants to be showing any significant signs of life just yet, so I would give them at least another 4 - 6 weeks and see what happens.

                    Answered on 21/3/2017 by Helen from crocus
                • Q:

                  Hi, I'm planning on planting this hydrangea in a raised bed that's about 2m x 1m. I'm not sure which pot size to get to achieve fast results 3l or 12lt? Thanks
                  Asked on 4/4/2016 by Novice from Egham

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                  • Plant Doctor

                    A:

                    Hello,

                    The plant in a 12-litre pot will be much more mature, so if you want more immediate impact, then I would opt for that one.

                    Answered on 5/4/2016 by Helen from crocus
                • Q:

                  Hi, I have a border of approximately 2 metres by 4 metres and I would love to incorporate these. I want pure white and green and was wondering what might go with these for a simple looking border.
                  Asked on 21/3/2016 by mell242 from Huntingdon

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                • Q:

                  Hi
                  We have just received these Hydrangea and are planning to put them in large pots with pelargoniums around them. As they are rather spindly at present, and we need them to be looking fabulous by mid July, would you suggest pruning off the top growth in order to encourage them to bush out more, or simply stake them?
                  Asked on 8/6/2015 by marmalade from West Sussex

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                  • Plant Doctor

                    A:

                    Hello there
                    When these plants are young they can be quite spindly. As this variety flower on this years growth if you cut them back now, you won't have any flowers this year so I would stake them if needed. Hope this helps.

                    Answered on 10/6/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
                • Q:

                  I have hydrangea incrediball and weekend we put them in big pots they are very small I had them of you last year so we put new compost and some chicken manure in and repoted them but they are in the open and we had some bad wind over the weekend so I have been out to look at them and the leaves have gone from green to brown and they are looking in rather sorry state are they dead or will they come back don't know much about plants thank you
                  Asked on 8/5/2015 by j from west wales

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                  • Plant Doctor

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                    Hello,

                    This does not sounds great and the first thing I would do is make sure they are planted at the same depth as they were in their previous pots. If this is OK, then I suspect that they have either dried out or their roots have been damaged in the transplant. One other possibility is that you may have used too much fertiliser (most composts have sufficient fertiliser for 6 weeks or so), as this can damage the roots.

                    Answered on 15/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
                • Q:

                  Hi, I would like to create a row of these at the front of my house. How closely should I plant them and how many years is it usual for them to get to the 1m+ height? Thanks!
                  Asked on 20/4/2015 by newtoallthisgardeningmalarky from Surrey

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                  • Plant Doctor

                    A:

                    Hello,

                    If you are creating a hedge effect, then I would suggest planting them at 45cm intervals.

                    Answered on 21/4/2015 by Helen from crocus
                • Q:

                  I have put a hydrangea Annabel in a pot am not sure if it's a strong one or not when would it be best to move it only planted this year
                  Asked on 16/8/2014 by Flowerpotty from Northamptonshire

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                  • Plant Doctor

                    A:

                    Hello,

                    Ideally these should be moved when they are fully dormant, so any time between late autumn and early spring, provided the ground is not frozen. As it is now growing in a pot however, it is possible to plant it out at any time of the year provided you keep the root disturbance to a minimum. If you tackle it during the warmer weather, do make sure it is kept well watered.

                    Answered on 18/8/2014 by helen from crocus
                • Q:

                  Dear Sirs I would like to plant some hydrangea Annabelle in large pots. Are they suitable for pots? Would the new stronger stem variety be better or our these with even bigger flower heads?? I have some in a border which are three years old and still quite weak, and the slugs seem to love them. Thank you so much for your help. Do let me know if they are just not suitable for pots at all. (in a west facing sunny garden)
                  Asked on 19/6/2014 by Lucy Fenwick from Devon

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                  • Plant Doctor

                    A:

                    Hello,

                    I think 'Annabelle' is too big to comfortably fit into a pot, however Strong Annabelle is more compact and sturdier, so would be a much better option.

                    Answered on 26/6/2014 by helen from crocus
                • Q:

                  Specimen Ceanothus or another large bushy shrub....

                  Good afternoon, When I was first looking for a Ceanothus to replace the one we have in our front garden, I looked on your website, but you only had small ones. Our once lovely Ceanothus has been pruned out of all recognition again this year, as I planted it a bit too near our boundary when it was a baby. I know it may come back, but it is getting ridiculous as every time it grows back it has to be cut back again severely and then ooks a mess for most of the year. Have you got a nice, tall, bushy Ceanothus to replace it? I love my Ceanothus but perhaps if you don't have a big one, do you have another large, flowering shrub as an alternative? Hope you can help Regards Margaret
                  Asked on 5/12/2009 by D DRAKETT

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                  • A:

                    Hello Margaret, it is rare to find larger sized Ceanothus as they are usually quite short-lived and don't normally live longer than 6 - 8 years. We do have a selection of larger shrubs on our site like Hamamelis, Hydrangeas, Magnolias, Acer, Cornus, Cotinus, Philadelphus, Syringa and Viburnum, so you may find something of interest. They will be listed in this section. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

                    Answered on 8/12/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
                • Q:

                  Hydrangea Annabelle with some stems still not flowering?

                  I have a lovely Hydrangea Annabelle.But this was its second summer with a number of strong stems having no flowers. Shall I cut the stems back to the base? If so at what time of the year? Do I cut the stems with the flowers back to the base? If so at what time of the year? What is the best time to purchase and plant another one? Regards Martin
                  Asked on 23/10/2009 by Martin Finch

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                  • A:

                    Hello Martin, These shrubs flower on the current seasons growth, but don't really require pruning. If however you feel it is too big, you can cut it back to a woody framework in early spring. Ideally you should cut it to around 25cm if it is in an exposed position, or to 60cm if it is tucked into the back of a border. In each subsequent spring, you can cut it back to the lowest pair of buds just above this framework. To encourage flowers to form, you should make sure it is kept well watered during summer and feed it with Sulphate of Potash following the instructions on the box. As for buying and planting, the best time is autumn or spring. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

                    Answered on 26/10/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
                  • A:

                    Hi Helen, Thanks for your answer. What about the healthy stems but have no flowers shall I cut these back? Regards Martin

                    Answered on 26/10/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
                  • A:

                    Hello again Martin, It doesn't matter if they have flowered or not, the same rules apply for all. Best regards, Helen Plant Doctor

                    Answered on 26/10/2009 by Martin Finch
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