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

sevenbark Syn ( Incrediball - Strong Annabelle )

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Buy Hydrangea arborescens Strong Annabelle ('Abetwo') (PBR) sevenbark Syn ( Incrediball - Strong Annabelle ): A variety with sturdier branches

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • 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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Is it sensible to plant these in late October? How far apart should they be planted?

Nicky

Autumn is a brilliant time to plant as the soil is warm and there tends to be lots of rain. As for planting distances, this really depends on the effect you are trying to create. Keeping in mind that each plant has an eventual spread of around 1.5m, you could plant them as close as 45cm if you want to create an informal hedge.

Helen

I planted mine in late July when it seemed to be doing ok and has gone downhill since. I've kept it watered etc but it's now lost all its leaves and looking rather sorry for itself. Is this normal at this time of year and do I need to do something else to improve things??

T-rod

These are deciduous shrubs, so will lose all their leaves in the autumn., and wont put on new growth until spring next year.

Helen

When is the best time to move my Annabelle Hydrangea - please can give me some advice on replanting it

Lin

Hello, The best time to move this is when it is dormant. Ideally you should give the top growth a trim, then dig up as much of the rootball as possible before moving it to its well prepared new home immediately. You will need to make sure it is kept well watered for the following growing season, and a sprinkling of bonemeal (following the manufacturers instructions) will help encourage new root growth.

Helen

Hi. Can I plant this in a container facing east? If so, how often should I repot it please. Thank you

Linda

Hello, Yes, this will be fine in a large pot provided you keep it well fed and watered. As for re-potting, it will depend on what size pot you choose for it initially. I tend to go big, so the plant has plenty of room to grow on and spread out - and then I don't need to re-pot for a few years.

Helen

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