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Annabelle Hydrangeas, a plant of CARE

Annabelle Hydrangeas, a plant of CARE
Annabelle Hydrangeas, a plant of CARE
Sylvia Hoehns Wright

Across the Nation, climatic shifts occur. Challenging all to identify plants which enable eco sustainable urban suburban landscapes. As a result, for the 3rd quarter of 2014 Annabelle Hydrangeas is selected as a ‘plant of CARE’ .

Annabelle Hydrangeas, a plant of CARE -
Annabelle Hydrangeas is recognized for its sustainable, drought-and-heat resistance attributes as well as awe inspiring blooms. Like most other hydrangeas, they prefer morning sun and afternoon shade or dappled shade all day, especially in the south. In northern areas of the U.S., 'Annabelle' is identified to thrive in all day sun. Arborescens will thrive in the Deep South as well as cold northern climates (zones 8-3).

As Annabelle's mature they tend to grow together and support one another somewhat. If young Annabelle plants are surrounded by wire fencing before they put out new branches in the spring, the blooms will be held up off the ground. Often gardeners report blooms are a flat, lacecap type bloom, which is not typical of 'Annabelle'. Such hydrangeas are really a wild type arborescens. Some of these hydrangeas are quite beautiful in their own way, but are usually not what gardeners had in mind. Still, as a hands-on gardener, "I’ve," says Wright, "found these plants to flourish as well as contribute awesome blooms to my central Virginia woodland gardens."

About Plants of Care, plant recognition program –
The Plants of Care plant recognition program challenges all to not simple identify plants that survive but thrive. For any style landscape should not simply reflect traditional design concepts but be a result of the right plant, installed in the right place at the right (optimal) planting season - creating a legacy of green, healthier urban/suburban communities. The challenge for 21st century landscape gardeners is to create landscapes from a “waste not, and want not” eco logical commitment: become caretakers for the environmental community. Plants selected have proven to enable landscape gardens of CARE – inspire people to have a perspective of conservation, accountability, recovery and efficiency in relation to the living green that surrounds them. For details of the Plants of CARE program link to her blog, .

Side-bar: Tips for Creating Landscape Gardens of CARE
• Hitch hike onto seasonal cycles.
• Conduct a site analysis.
• Develop a master landscape plan.
• Create bio-diverse landscapes (blend of native and non-native plants).
• Be water wise.
• Create layered tree/shrub shelter.
• Enable ‘critter’ and ‘people’ habitats.
• Create a garden of CARE, a space that reflects a naturalist ‘waste not and want not’ perspective

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