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Hydrangeas

Let's begin by looking at the Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'. Isn't this a magnificent specimen? This particular plant will thrive in full sun although you can plant with partial shade however the blooms will not attain their full size.

The shrub turns lime green as the season progresses and when all the color is spent from the blooms you may cut back and use for indoor arrangements. The option of leaving them natural or spray painting is available depending on your decor and preference.

Hydrangeas

After removing your blooms for indoor flower arrangements it is paramount to cut the shrub back to approximately six inches from the ground. I would like to take this opportunity to explain that cutting back the Annabelle in fall is necessary, however do not perform this procedure on the pink, blue or red Hyrdrangeas. The Annabelle blooms on new wood in June thus chopping the shrub to approximately six inches is a must.

Another option is leaving the blooms until the spring as they are showy during winter months, especially as a backdrop for snow. Personally I cut them back in the fall as I use the spent blooms for indoor arrangements and have repeated requests from friends and family to share the blooms as they enjoy the arrangements in their homes.

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