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Hydrangeas look good in every season! IMHO… I finally figured out what that stood for! All these abbreviations!
Moving on… hydrangeas are classic foundation plants. Take a drive through any old neighborhood and you’ll find them, a drive in the country and ‘Annabelle’ is nearly everywhere. But there’s more!
A couple of new pint-sized varieties!! They also offer some great improvements! From Proven Winners Invincibelle series, comes ‘Limetta’. It’s as reliable as the classic ‘Annabelle,’ but offers strong stems that hold the blooms upright all season, and a dwarf, rounded habit that makes it perfect to plant anywhere, from foundations to flower gardens.
In early summer, blooms start with spheres of lime green, they then lighten to a soft green-white before turning jade green for the rest of the season. They last clear through frost. The plant grows to just 3 feet tall and wide. It does best in about 6 hours of sun.
Another delightful little Invincibelle is ‘Mini Mauvette’. This one is impervious to bad pruning! Ha, I can test that theory! Seriously, this is another carefree hydrangea with purplish/pink tones.
Mini Mauvette is also a compact shrub at 3 feet by 3 feet with sturdy stems to keep it from flopping over. It’s also a rebloomer so you’ll have blooms from early summer to frost.
Smooth hydrangeas, like Invinicbelles, should be pruned in early in spring, just as the new growth begins to emerge on the stems. Cut the entire plant back by about one-third its total height. This serves to build up a strong woody base while also encouraging vigorous new growth with lots of flowers. Both of these are hardy to zone 3! Hydrangea care from Proven Winners