Do you like pink flowers? Do you like Annabelle Hydrangeas? Have you been dreaming about a pink Annabelle Hydrangea? If you answered yes to these questions, you will be “swinging from the rafters” next spring when a pink Annabelle-type hydrangea will hit the market. Hydrangea arborescens “INVINCIBELLE Spirit” will be available at better garden centers under the “Proven Winners, Color Choice” label.
Tim Woods is the Sherlock Holmes of new plants. He travels the world sniffing out new varieties that are under development or almost ready for market. According to Tim, this mop-head hydrangea, developed in the USA, will bloom pink without the need for soil amendments. Regardless of the pH of your soil, regardless of the kind of your soil, this hydrangea will bloom pink. Period! The flowers will open in a dark hot pink and mature to a clear rich pink.
Even better news is the prolific blooming that this flowering shrub provides. A single plant can produce about 100 flower heads over the course of the summer and will continue to bloom until the frost. Expect each head to measure 6 to 8 inches in diameter and to provide durable flowers for both fresh and dry arrangements. Stems that die back in winter or are trimmed to the ground are certain to bloom each season because flowers are produced on new wood.
This shrub is hardy and easy to grow in zones 3 to 9, in sun or part shade, and will reach a height and width of 2 or 3 feet. Because pink is the color identified with the battle to find a cure for breast cancer, Proven Winners will be donating $1.00 from each purchase of this plant to the “Breast Cancer Research Foundation.