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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Lovely plant


I've yet to see my plant to flower as I bought late last year, I'm hoping it will be as gorgeous as the picture. The plant was extremely healthy looking and I've never had problems with Crocus.


West Sussex


Top quality shrub


Planted in lawn. Hope it is more sturdy than the standard "Annabelle" hydrangea. Hence only 4 stars.




Successful repeat purchase


A repeat purchase based on success of first Arborescens. Plant flowered well in its first year, this year I expect to see more established growth. This is a particularly prolific and admired Hydrangea situated close to garden railings.






Excellent plant info. Brilliant packaging.




Strong Annabelle


Too early to establish if this new Annabelle is really strong and doesn't get floppy.




Flower not as large as I had hoped


Love this plant. Flower a bit smaller than I had hoped but did flower yr 1 so that was a bonus. Looking forward to seeing how it does this summer.




Has potential


Early days yet, but struggled in the summer heat. Did manage to flower its1st summer, but stems a bit flimsy to take their weight. Hope time improves strength.




Snow balls in summer


Flowered in its first year. Has survived the hot summer without too much watering


W Dorset


Lots of flowers one year on


When I bought this it only had 3 flowers, this year (Y2) I think there is at least 15!




No effort for perfection


I bought this hydrangea as a gift for a friends birthday. It arrived on time and even when I rang after ordering to change the order Crocus said "no problem". The gift has certainly kept giving looks beautiful and is admired through the summer by all who see it.

Chris Parry

Downton Wilts



4.6 18


I brought this for my daughter and it was delivered in a very healthy state. We potted it up for her in a fairly large pot in John inner compost. Over the weekend it appears to have wilted and now has brown/blackish edges to leaves which are curling inwards. There are some unaffected leaves but it looks very unhappy. Do you have any suggestions


Yes, the newly emerging leaves of this hydrangea are susceptible to frost damage - and most of the country had a few frosty nights in mid-April. The good news is that this may make some of the leaves a bit scorched, but it will not have an impact on the plants long term health and vigour, and your daughters should soon start to put on fresh new growth.


I bought this Hydrangea from you last summer. I followed all your instructions for planting etc but it currently appears dead. There is zero growth on it - no new buds, no growth, no leaves, nothing. Is it dead? Can anything be done? It's very disappointing.

Mrs W.

It would be very unusual to see signs of growth on these plants now as it is still far too early in the season. If you would like a bit more information, then the link below will take you to a video, which I hope will help. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjv23oMgJ2c&t=18s


Can these plants be potted for front house door display?


Hello, Yes, if the pots are really large and the plants are kept well fed and watered, then you can grow them in pots.


Hi could you please tell me the difference in head size between the Incrediball and the Annabelle Hydrangea? I currently have Annabelle in the bed but we are extending it and I have been recommended Incrediballs - will you notice a difference? Many thanks


Hello, There is not much difference in the size of the flowerhead, but the stems on Incrediball tend to be stronger.


How hardy is Hydrangea Annabelle? I live in Aberdeenshire, 23 miles West of Aberdeen, 600ft and quite exposed. I been wanting to buy some for a few years now, but have been advised that they will not flower due to our location.

Garden Queen

Hello there This plant is fully hardy so it will be fine in the cold down to -15. Regarding flowering, as long as it has sufficient sun, water, nutrients etc, it should flower, but wind if it is in a very exposed situation could be an issue, damaging the huge blooms.

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?

impatient gardener

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.


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


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.


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.


Hello, You could opt for a variegated hosta such as 'Francee' http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/hosta-francee-fortunei/classid.2994/ or a lush green fern like this dryopteris. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/dryopteris-affinis-cristata/classid.1819/


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?


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.

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


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.


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