I have looked and looked for Annabelle Hydrangeas this spring. Over and over again I hear, “we used to carry it, not sure why we are not getting it from our supplier this year.” I am trying to be patient and have left my name and phone number at every plant nursery in my area. If I ever succeed at trading money for these beauties, I plan to plant them in front of my established arborvitae wall (see second image). This is the inspiration photo for what I want to do with them:
Here is where I want to put them:
As you can see I have my mulch waiting. I also have a big ol’ pile of dirt waiting as well to form the flower bed after I dig it out some.
So while I wait I will tell you what I have learned about these beautiful plants. I learned a lot from the fairfax county gardening site. In particular this site: http://www.fairfaxgardening.org/wp-content/webdocs/pdf/AnnabelleHydrangea.pdf
To summarize, the Annabelle Hydrangea was found in the wild in 1910, by Harriett Kirkpatrick of Anna, Illinois who summoned her sister-in-law to see this beautiful variety of hydrangea with the big snowball shaped flower heads. They bagged it and planted it and shared it until it caught the attention of a horticulturalist who turned it into the commercial success it is…ahem…when you can find it at your nursery.
From a large variety of sites I learned that because it is native it is fairly resistant to bugs and disease. The one drawback is the heads are large and thus heavy so after a rain they tend to sprawl out, or lie down. To mitigate this I plan to purchase several round tomato cages like this from Lowes:
They are $3.99 each, and from what I hear worth the investment. Just put them in when planting and the hydrangea will soon bury it within. And maybe, just maybe, if I am lucky and give it some time I will also bury a stone bench in the design too like the one below.
And one more inspiration photo