Smooth leaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens) are adaptable native shrubs that flourish in many parts of the country. And breeders have given us a host of beautiful cultivars to choose from. 'Annabelle' is a long-time favorite, with its large, rounded, white flower heads borne above wide, dark green leaves in early summer. The new variety Incrediball™, from Proven Winners, is like an 'Annabelle' on steroids- huge flowers held aloft on strong, non-drooping stems.
But if you'd like to do good while adding something delightful to your garden, why not plant Invincibelle™ Spirit, another new variety from Proven Winners. This pink version of 'Annabelle' has dark pink buds that that open to hot pink flowers, maturing to a soft pink, on a three to four foot tall and wide shrub. Like all smooth hydrangeas, it blooms on the new wood and should be cut back to 2-3 feet in early spring to encourage the new growth that will produce abundant flowers.
Proven Winners has pledged to donate $1.00 from the sale of each Invincibelle™ Spirit hydrangea to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, an organization that is dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure by funding research worldwide. And they encourage you to donate too.
Article published on April 15, 2010.