Monday, April 27, 2009

NEW!!! INVINCIBELLE™ Spirit hydrangea

For years gardeners and landscapers have dreamed of an Annabelle Hydrangea with pink flowers. The dream has come true! INVINCIBELLE™ Spirit hydrangea is a new release from researcher Tom Ranney. Tom Ranney is the Ornamental Plant Breeder for NC State University.

INVINCIBELLE™ Spirit hydrangea is the first pink flowered, mop-head form of Hydrangea arborescens. Unlike other selections it continues to produce new flowers right up until frost. It is very hardy and easy to grow. Unlike many hydrangeas, the flower buds are produced on new wood, so it will still produce flowers even if the stems die back to the ground by extreme weather. It is useful as a specimen, mass planting or incorporated perennial gardens or into a woodland setting. The blooms are extremely attractive both in the landscape and as a cut flower. It is a durable choice for both fresh and dried arrangements.It is a remarkable plant considering all of the preceding cultivars of Hydrangea arborescens were white flowered.

For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.