annabelle hydrangea vs incrediball

Incrediball hydrangea was developed by Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs as a stronger, non-flopping replacement to 'Annabelle' hydrangea. He's already pulled out a Little Lime hydrangea, and I have a feeling my poor Libertys will be mangled. Annabelle hydrangeas are attractive shrubs that produce clusters of white flowers during spring and summer. I am debating between Annabelle or incrediball for the spot. @ruth_mi beautiful! We live in zone 5, where winters are cold and summers are hot. The plant requires full or partial sunshade for better growth. They’ll be a tan colour instead of white, but this just makes them stand out against the snow. Welcome! It’s also nice to shape the bush into a round shape. They can of course be fed with organic fertilizer and otherwise fussed over, but they are among the easiest hydrangeas to grow. It can be planted in hard zones of 3 to 9. Check out this helpful article from The Garden Professors for proper instruction on late summer pruning. In early summer, it produces huge, rounded flower clusters, up to 12 in. There's always next year! He recommended pruning either a few inches higher or lower than the previous year. Incrediball® Hydrangea is the consumer trade name for the named cultivar “Abetwo” of Hydrangea arborescens, sold by Proven Winners. The house is pretty but it looks cartoonish. ‘Abetwo’ is commonly sold in commerce under the trade name of INCREDIBALL. I too have endless summer at the entrance of my home and just purchased 2 All summer beauty for the front and an Annabelle for the side of the house under my magnolia. Here are the Plant Breeder’s Rights for this named cultivar, which include interesting breeding history. The Incrediball Hydrangea is a spectacular, low-maintenance flowering shrub for the home landscape. (I've tried every kind of caging imaginable.) Droopy flowers is a common complaint of Annabelle Hydrangea, and the Incrediball cultivar is certainly an improvement in this characteristic. The best time to fertilize is after the ground thaws and before growth really starts getting going. Here's a spring picture. How to Grow Annabelle Hydrangea. Invincibelle® Spirit represents a major breeding breakthrough: starting with a Hydrangea arborescens that showed a touch of pink, it was carefully bred over and over until fully pink. Read on to learn more about Incrediball Hydrangea (also see Incrediball® Hydrangea for online ordering). In some climates, however, the cold weather can do away with the whole stem during wintertime…resulting in no flowers the next summer! Pruning in late winter or early spring encourages strong growth of stems and production of flowers. Local pollinators will frequent your yard to visit this shrub. lynartist..they look fabulous in every pic..great bloom colors and the leaves aren't scorched! some hydrangea pics I've seen the leaves aren't fresh..but not yours! To summarize: 1) take the advice to paint the door that is easy and will make you happy. The bloom time of Incrediball Hydrangea is July-September in most areas. Mums look like crap in winter and people who plant them generally do it in The fall and pull them when they die, but I urge you to take time to embrace the changing textures of a good garden throughout the season. Avoid pruning it back to the ground. Incrediball was chosen over other descendent plants because of it’s strong stems and large mophead-type flowers. Use clean, sharp hand pruners to trim back each branch on the shrub. As it is a descendant of Annabelle Hydrangea, the Incrediball Hydrangea is often referred to as the Improved Annabelle. I would remove the shutters altogether-they are unnecessary, and add to the problem. I'm planning to purchase 2-3 hydrangeas for the front of my house. Incrediball® Smooth Hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens 'Abetwo' PP #20,571. They sure are much happier now. Both Annabelle and and its child variety Incrediball can experience flopping flowers. This is a brand new variety of Annabelle type Hydrangea from the USA, that boasts giant flowers on very strong stems. Follow the pruning instructions above to create a strong permanent framework of branches. The roots need air as much as they need water. Also do you know what the name of those hostas are? Hydrangeas that flower on old wood actually grow their flower buds at the end of the summer and keep them over winter in preparation for next year. I should also mention that Liberty is fairly early to come up in the spring, so if you have late frosts, you might need to cover it. Unlike true mophead hydrangeas, Incrediball (which is actually a smooth hydrangea) flowers on fresh new stems. In good conditions, Incrediball reaches a full mature size of 5 feet high by 5 feet wide. \"Incrediball\" was presumably chosen as the name to trumpet the impressive size of the \"balls\" of flowers. Even though Incrediball has larger flowers than Annabelle, the flowers are less likely to droop because the stems are so much stronger. I'm trying to figure out which, Annabelle or incrediball, might thrive better in this spot? Take the time to select a growing location that gets adequate sunshine, but where the soil can also be kept moist. Morning sun just seems to be so much gentler on these shrubs. This will take a few years. Do Incrediball Hydrangea flowers need to be deadheaded? Your garden is amazing. The digital timer of a DIY drip line irrigation system can keep up with frequent watering without becoming a burden on your yard work schedule. Maybe I expected too much. I’ll use my pruners to take of 1/3 of the length of each branch. Hydrangea arborescens, commonly known as smooth hydrangea or wild hydrangea, is a loosely and widely branched deciduous shrub that typically grows to 3-6’ (less frequently to 10’) tall.It is native to moist or rocky wooded slopes, ravines, streambanks and bluff bases from New York to Florida west to Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma and Louisiana. It took me months to find annabelles local and they were $40 a plant for scraggly looking things. These shrubs produce larger flowers when sited in full sun. It’s also fine to trim the plant a bit for shape throughout the summer. Hi Tina. There is nothing like being out in the garden. Deciduous shrub, open habit, often spreading from suckers. Another feature of the Incrediball Hydrangea is that it flowers on new wood. Hope you enjoy your hydrangeas as much as I am. Thanks for your input Luis and hcmcdole. It was developed from the Annabelle hydrangea, which was originally found in the wild near Anna, Illinois. The best time to transplant strawberries is in the early spring. These shrubs are fairly hardy, and even midsummer planting is possible if the soil is kept consistently moist. Speaking of growth, consider the size of the full-grown shrub when planting Incrediball® Hydrangea. Your yard is just beautiful! It probably gets only 1-2 hours of early morning sun, then shade all day with maybe a tiny bit of dappled shade in the late evening. While they won’t love it, smooth hydrangeas will often survive droughts. This generally happens with recently-planted shrubs or particularly leggy specimens. She had 5 incrediballs on her property and about 10 annabelles. I was having some buyers remorse on the way home, I'm so glad you recommended the ones that I bought. Plant them somewhere where they get at least 6 hours of sunlight a day, but also where the soil can be kept consistently moist. The hostas are my favorite one - Liberty. 2) 86 shutters. I too get eastern exposure so I'm feeling good about adding Hostas. Nice pic Bungalow, your Annabelles look very happy! This makes smooth hydrangeas like Incrediball much more reliable to flower than mophead-types in colder zones. I would limit fertilizing in August-October to a top-dressing of homemade compost. Pruning at the very start of the gardening season won’t remove any existing flower buds, but it will encourage buds to grow in the springtime. Ruth, what an amazing front yard. This serves to build up a strong, supportive, woody base while also encouraging abundant new growth for plenty of flowers. Can't wait to get them planted! What made you choose prune vs clear on your annabelles? Limelight vs. Firestick? Incrediball Hydrangea is a natural cultivar of Hydrangea arborescens (Smooth Hydrangea). A freeze or hard frost will turn exposed flowers brown. I love the suggestions above. 4) trees now. They were so picked over and didn't look as healthy as the Annabelles, so I went with the Annabelles. What’s the perfect white hydrangea for northern gardens? Organic fertilizer can be applied to these shrubs until summertime. I finally cut it to the ground this year and the one bloom that it eked out is bigger than the past 3 years so maybe there is hope for future years. Incrediball hydrangea grows best in full sun to partial shade. After that came Incrediball, marketed as an improvement on ‘Annabelle’, with bigger flowers and stiffer stems but I appreciate both hydrangeas for their different qualities. She has a very cool system for the floops. :-) The pink flower in front is petunia Vista Bubblegum. The Incrediball hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens 'Abetwo' Incrediball) is a broadleaf, deciduous flowering shrub. Also I must get some Annabelle hydrangeas, yours are so beautiful. Well-drained soil can loose nutrients as water drains through, so the addition of quality compost or organic fertilizer can help boost soil nutrients. It's an eastern exposure. Do you mean the Endless Summers (pink)? If there is a chance to improve the soil in the area before planting, consider that opportunity carefully. I had one plant at a previous home and I cut it way back and in a couple of years it died. Ours is crawling instead of climbing bc of lack of vertical structures. see more; Family Hydrangeaceae . Most importantly, ensure the plant is getting at least 6 hours a day of sunshine. It comes up quite yellow, which I enjoy in the spring, but not sure how you'd feel about that. Stone – Organic Rose and Flower Food, Incrediball has stronger stems than Annabelle Hydrangea, Incrediball has larger flower heads than Annabelle Hydrangea. So when the buds are ready to open and the leaves flush out, you’ve got a good root system established.”. I don’t stake mine (as you can see by my Annabelle Goes To Oz pictures). Thanks! Thanks! The flowers of Incrediball Hydrangeas do not need to be deadheaded (cut off) during the growing season. Just looked at your blog and your garden is beautiful. This location receives part sun, maybe 3 hours throughout the day. Their spent flowers provide visual interest in an otherwise bleak winter garden. In 2013, I tried begonias, but they just weren't the right scale flower, plus the yellow centers gave them a more coral tone from a distance which I didn't care for with the Endless Summers. This post was edited by ruth_mi on Thu, Jul 17, 14 at 10:30. Smooth hydrangeas like Incrediball do not change the colour of their flowers with different soil pH adjustments. And how many incrediball hydrangeas are there? Here's a picture from another angle that shows the height a little better compared with some Endless Summers. A lack of light can drastically affect the blooming of this hydrangea. The Incrediball® Hydrangea has the largest blooms of any hydrangea! The stems should each have some room to grow and hopefully not be rubbing on each other. Ill try to grab a pic, or create a drawing to share. Rake up fallen leaves and ensure that the stems have air circulation. The Incrediball Hydrangea is quite easy to care for. O. These were pruned to about 2' this spring, and are now about 5' (best guess). Very lucky you can find both where you are. This shrub thrives in sunlight and moist soil. Wish i found you sooner. Plant sizes vary from the 1-foot tall Invincibelle Wee White to 5-foot tall Incrediball. Her opinion of the incrediball was that it was a bit more picky about conditions, which would affect amount and size of bloom. Dingo..we had the same nasty Macs never bloom anyway but yours's logical that record setting low temperatures affected yours.. Would love to see some pics when you get them planted. Common names: smooth hydrangea, wild hydrangea, sevenbark 5. Plant family: Hydrangea family (Hydrangeaceae) 2. Since they bloom first, you can move them over to the Annabelles a month later. Why is it a dud? After about 3 weeks at bright white, the blooms fade to tan. The ones on the left are in more sun and you can see a slight difference in bloom. Each stem just needs to be shortened. The stems and trunks of these woody plants is adapted to do best with adequate airflow. This site is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to You cant see it and it holds everything in place beautifully. Help me beautify or remove my front yew foundation hedge, Is it Worth Growing Macs in Colder Climates? I had my Annabelle located close to the house where the overhang protected it from getting rained on and this then reduced occurrences of the flopping problem. Hydrangea arborescens 'Abetwo' is a smooth hydrangea bred by Proven Winners®. While these shrubs do like sunlight, they’re not total sunbathers. These are small shrubs in comparison to other types of hydrangeas, making them great for residential yards and mass plantings. Just beautiful Ruth! A recently introduced variety, which has eye-catching really large ball-shaped flowers (up to 30cm in diameter) which cover the plant over an extended period from mid to later summer. I prefer more natural, lower maintenance landscaping. Dr. Earth Organic Bud & Bloom Fertilizer 3-9-4 (, Espoma Organic – Rose-Tone Rose and Flower Food 4-3-2, Jobe’s Organics – Organic All Purpose Granular Fertilizer 4-4-4 (, E.B. Nothing 2' of green metal fencing or a twine lasso can't help with. In less-than-perfect growing conditions, it may only reach a size of 4’ tall by 4’ wide. The new wood stems go from green to woody as the blooms begin to mature which reduces flop risk. When I was preparing to purchase hydrangeas for my front yard I had the same question. The flowers of Hydrangea Incrediball are enticing to beneficial wildlife such as bees and butterflies. Any thoughts? 6. The growth rate also seems to be quite affected by sunlight. Incrediball® Hydrangea has dark green foliage and large creamy-white rounded blooms. Improving on Annabelle was likely, as Annabelle is actually a wild cultivar (was found in the wild, not bred in a nursery). “Fall is actually the very best time for planting—especially trees and shrubs. I just got back from the nursery.I hadnt seen your post and was looking at the Incrediballs. Specific epithet comes from arbor meaning "tree" in reference to the similarity of this shrub to a small tree. 3) yank mums, plant some annuals you like there (NOT SYMMETRICALLY! Clay, Loamy, Sandy. It was almost embarrasing when they first got planted. Smooth Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens) is also called Wild Hydrangea, as they are native to North America. The large blooms are also on very strong stems, that are able to hold the flowers upright, which is a common complaint of Annabelle hydrangeas. These plants love consistently-moist soil. It’s as pretty in the garden as it is in fresh bouquets and dried flower arrangements. Flowers turn brown after a hard freeze or frost. They can be transplanted after the ground thaws in the springtime. White flowers begin to appear in mid-summer and open to enormous snowballs, nearly the size of basketballs! Click around and read a few articles. The species Hydrangea arborescens grows wild along slopes and streams in Eastern USA. I think it's a great annual, unless the rest of the summer proves me wrong. It’s nice to bring some inside the house during the summer or give them as gifts. The smooth hydrangea is one of the easier, lower-maintenance varieties. It’s not particularly slow growing or fast growing in most conditions. Measure from the centre base of the stem rather than the edge of the branches. Just a few weeks back I finally severed the vines and yesterday it rained heavily. I've been wanting Incrediball, but haven't heard a lot of rave reviews yet on this forum. A heavy clay soil is not going to grow the healthiest specimen, although it might struggle along just fine. Shrubs in the shade certainly don’t grow as fast (or flower as much) as shrubs that receive at least 6 hours of sun per day. I was looking for companion flowers but hostas will stay with the Annabelle since I get at least 6hrs of morning sun in the front. Hydrangea arborescens Strong Annabelle is also known as Incrediball. Resist the urge to prune the whole plant back to the ground in the off-season. The Incrediball shrubs I have in the shade are clearly not as happy as those in full sun. A thick layer of organic mulch is a very important aspect of caring for Hydrangea “Incrediball”. What you bought are fine selections for zone 5. :). I didn't think I'd be able to use petunias because of the part shade situation, but I'd read so many good things about Vista Bubblegum, I decided to give it a try. This selection has sturdy, thick stems, so the flowers stay upright & out of the mud all summer long. Check out this helpful article from The Garden Professors for proper instruction on late summer pruning. Here is one of the Annabelle plants after a storm. (Not growing as fast back there, but still decent looking.) Flat creamy white flower-heads, in summer, numerous tiny fertile flowers surrounded by a few sterile florets.”. Make any adjustments to encourage the shrub to grow in a round shape. Hydrangea aborescens ‘Annabelle’ has only sterile florets, which makes the flower heads much larger, like spectacular white balls up to 30cm across. Searching out a sunny spot is a key planting tip for Incrediball® Hydrangea. I love that hosta- what is the pink flower in the front ? Incrediball® Hydrangea is as gorgeous as it is easy to care for in it’s growing regions of Zone 3-9. Watch for pest insects such as aphids. Keep old wood trimmed to 24" each spring. If they will, you can also consider Annabelle clones: Invincibelle Spirit and Bella Anna bloom only pink (sifferent shades of pink so try to see them in bloom to determine if you like the shades of pink); Incrediball (white blooms); White Dome (a white lacecap version). I space mine about 18" - 20" but they could be further apart if you also use Vista Bubblegum. Genus Hydrangea can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs, or self-clinging climbers, with flowers in clusters usually comprising both small fertile and more showy sterile flowers; often good autumn colour . Those things get monstrous! Native to North America, these shrubs can produce flowers up to a foot across once they’ve made themselves at home in your garden. Peony stakes are another option. I've built a handful of gardens over the last few years and have totally fallen in love with gardening. They popped right out and it really made a huge wonderful difference. I picked ivy as it is a climbing plant also. It therefore shares many characteristics with Annabelle, but is it’s own unique plant. Hydrangea arborescens 'Incrediball' (Hydrangea 'Incrediball') will reach a height of 1.8m and a spread of 1.8m after 10-20 years. Because Incrediball flowers on new wood, buds grow in the same year that they bloom. - About Mary Jane (, 32 Camping Gifts Perfect For Outdoorsy Friends Or Nature-Loving Family Members. These are not the right shrubs for dry, exposed locations. It's done wonderfully, even in my back yard in more shade. Let its branches mature into a strong foundation for holding up lovely big white hydrangea flowers every summer. Saved by Scott Talentino. I tried them in 2012 and of course they had the dreaded downy mildew. Plant species: Hydrangea arborescens 3. It’s nice to have a plant in the yard that flowers later in the summer after all the perennial flowers seem to have faded away. I also came home with a Vanilla Strawberry and a Limelight for a sunny spot in the backyard! Always keep mulch 6” back from the stems of shrubs and trees. I was planning to use Vista Bubble Gum and will go with 20". Let it grow a permanent framework of branches to hold up its heavy flowers. The seed heads can then be observed forming. Incrediball Hydrangea grow in zones 3-9. Your picture is breath taking June! Summer and autumn rains can sometimes weigh down the flowers of Incrediball and cause the stems to flop over towards the ground. In southern climates, shade from the blazing afternoon sun would be preferable. Soil type. Compare them easily at the Garden: 'Annabelle' surrounds the north steps of the Regenstein Center, while Incrediball® can be seen in the front bed of the English Walled Garden, at the pepper pot. Fertilize Incrediball® Hydrangea plants with a slow-release granular organic fertilizer in the springtime. With the name springwood gardens I thought you might have a store, was going to browse and shop. The flowers are a light green as they first open (similar to Limelight Hydrangea). Because Incrediball flowers on new wood, it is a reliable flower producer even in summers after particularly cold winters. While these plants like sun, they NEED consistently moist soil to thrive. The roots need air too! I have a new dog (a rescue) this year, so looking at those old pictures is making me laugh. Here are a few fertilizer options that work well for Incrediball Hydrangeas: It’s also totally fine to use an all-purpose natural fertilizer! Watering Incrediball Hydrangea from above is discouraged as the water can weigh down the enormous flowers and cause the stems to flop over. Hydrangea is susceptible to certain woody plant diseases such as powdery mildew. Looking at both, I was still drawn to the classic beauty of the annabelles. The flowers then turn white for several weeks before they start to fade in the fall. Looking for the perfect camping gift for your outdoorsy friend or family member? Mercy me! Sku #7452. While the upper part of the plant is asleep, the roots are busy getting established, which kind of gives them a jumpstart on spring. Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting gallery. I hope your baby behaves this summer!! I've been torn between that or clearing to the ground each year. I'm a dog lover so I'm smiling about your post although I'm not sure it's appropriate;-) I had a Hreat Dane that tore my beds and lawn and cost a pretty penny to fix, but she was the cutest and got rid of bunnies. Should one of these lovelies finds itself in the right spot, the show is unlike any other perennial shrub. Those beds are on the east side of the house, and in shade part of the day. So much so, my sweet, old german lady neighbor came out to scold me for planting dying hydrangeas. The flowers mature to cream and then to bright white. This site also participates in affiliate programs with other sites and is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies. On the other hand, it required close monitoring of soil moisture. This spectacular improved version of the native Annabelle hydrangea produces huge, full flower heads, as large as 12" across, and is both reliable and beautiful. Trees are the number one thing you are missing that will help eliminate the "tiny boxes" look. Suggested uses. A favorite of many gardeners - and deservedly so - Smooth Hydrangea 'Annabelle' (Hydrangea arborescens) is an outstanding flowering shrub. However, there are three species of Hydrangea shrubs that will do well in part-day or bright shade: H.quercifolia AKA oak leaf hydrangea, H. arborescens (Annabelle, Incrediball among others) and H. macrophylla AKA big leafed hydrangea as well as the quite similar H. serrata. "Had" is because I lost one in 2018 (dog's tie-out kept pulling it out), so now it's four and two. Another thing is, don't be surprised if your vanilla strawberry is only a vanilla for a few years. Details [Strong Annabelle] is a deciduous shrub, to 1.5m tal,l with large, ovate leaves. The ones in the sunny areas are happily growing into rounded shrubs with stronger branches. “Hydrangea arborescens (Smooth Hydrangea): Native to North America, from moist shady sites. The genus name Hydrangea comes from hydor meaning "water" and aggeion meaning "vessel", in reference to the cup-like capsular fruit. 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