From the world of plant blogs comes word of a new, improved version of the popular 'Annabelle' hydrangea. 'Annabelle' is a midsummer-blooming Hydrangea arborescens selection that blooms on new wood each year. The flowers are large, white balls, and the only problem is the plant stems are not sturdy enough to support the flowers during a heavy rain. The flowers often flop to the ground and make the plant look unsightly.
A new selection of Hydrangea arborescens is expected to be available next spring through Proven Winners that has sturdier stems and more flowers. 'Incrediball' hydrangea promises to be as easy to grow and as hardy (USDA zone 3) as 'Annabelle', but it features four times as many flowers and the flowers are larger. Fortunately, the stems are strong enough to hold up the big flowers even during a rainstorm.
For more information about 'Incrediball' hydrangea, go to: Tim Woods Plant Blog.