Day 45: Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


I could not garden without hydrangeas – at any time of year – and moody Annabelle in particular. She’s a bit of a madam, flopping and drooping, but her green to cream to white traffic-light flowers, fading back through the same sequence, are something to behold. Since autumn she’s been in a filigree brown paper funk, but these crisp dried flowers will bear the coming frosts better than the fresh, live buds below, so restrain any itchy secateur fingers for a good few weeks yet.

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