Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'
Annabelle is one of the most loved Hydrangeas, making one of the longest and best displays in the garden. Its name, Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' is a medium sized bushy deciduous shrub with broadly oval green leaves with very large spherical heads of white flowers up to 25 cm across, that flower all through summer. The display however does not finish when the leaves drop and the petals fade in Autumn, the dead petals stay on the plant holding the spherical shape they did through the summer. This gives a wonderful affect and structure throughout the Autumn when the herbaceous and deciduous plants are all losing there drama. Then when the winter frosts come this structure is frozen to make the plant come alive again. An absolute classic that is very hardy also, you must prune all stems down to the ground in the spring.
RHS pruning group: 7