Hydrangea Incrediball or Annabelle for NC?

GreenfingerGeneFebruary 20, 2013

I am looking to add some new hydrangeas to my garden in a morning sun area. I love the flowers of both Incrediball and Annabelle but which will do better in North Carolina - i am in the Triad.

I am concerned with the Annabelle's possibly collapsing after heavy summer rains but now I am reading in some areas the Incrediball does too. Does anyone have experiences they can share about either in NC to help me decide which to plant?

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Annabelle falls over wherever it is grown. It is very top heavy but on dry days it is stunning in full bloom. It does well here.

Incrediball is cute and since the flowers are smaller it doesn't tend to flop. When in full bloom it looks more like a blooming perennial than a hydrangea or bush. In my yard it is only about 2 feet tall. The flower color is very pale pink which kinda disappears in some gardens. Its worth growing but it doesn't have the impact all the other hydrangeas have when in bloom.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 9:49AM
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I love the species since they offer something for pollinators.
Hydrangea arborescens ssp radiata is a beauty, won't flop and provides pollen for bees and other insects.

If you look at Annabelle's flowers, they are almost entirely sterile. Lacecap forms hold up well, are graceful and beautiful and long lasting.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hydrangea arborescens ssp. radiata

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 6:05PM
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Forgive my ignorance but what is the significance of the Annabelles being sterile? Thanks!

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 12:48PM
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Sterile flowers don't feed any insects, or attract any to your garden.

I made a mistake in my comments above. I confused Incrediball with Invinceable Spirit. I don't have Incrediball in my garden.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 7:11PM
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Thanks for the explanation.

So, does anyone in NC have Incrediball hydrangeas growing in their garden?

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 2:04PM
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Does anyone in the NC Triad know a store or garden shop that is currently selling Hydrangea Annabelle? I have failed with buying hydrangeas online and would really like to purchase some from a store where I can see them first.

Looking to do something like this with my garden:

Here is a link that might be useful: Hydrangea Annabelle garden

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 11:43AM
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They are both two of my favourites! Hydrangea arborescens is native to the Eastern and Southern USA. They are both cultivars. I have both and they grow very well. The Incrediball flower heads are HUGE! They do fall over or you can stake them.

Here is a link that might be useful: Arthur in the Garden!

    Bookmark   May 17, 2013 at 6:25PM
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