Gardening Articles: Landscaping :: Trees, Shrubs, & Vines
Gardening For the Cure
by National Gardening Association Editors
Smooth leaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens) are adaptable native shrubs that flourish in many parts of the country. And breeders have given us a host of beautiful cultivars to choose from. 'Annabelle' is a long-time favorite, with its large, rounded, white flower heads borne above wide, dark green leaves in early summer. The new variety Incrediball™, from Proven Winners, is like an 'Annabelle' on steroids- huge flowers held aloft on strong, non-drooping stems.
But if you'd like to do good while adding something delightful to your garden, why not plant Invincibelle™ Spirit, another new variety from Proven Winners. This pink version of 'Annabelle' has dark pink buds that that open to hot pink flowers, maturing to a soft pink, on a three to four foot tall and wide shrub. Like all smooth hydrangeas, it blooms on the new wood and should be cut back to 2-3 feet in early spring to encourage the new growth that will produce abundant flowers.
Proven Winners has pledged to donate $1.00 from the sale of each Invincibelle™ Spirit hydrangea to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, an organization that is dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure by funding research worldwide. And they encourage you to donate too.