Day 184: Hydrangea 'Annabelle'

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

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By some crazy act of serendipity, for which I shall naturally be claiming all the credit, I’ve managed to get Hydrangea aborescens ‘Annabelle’ to grow through the deep red foliage of the Japanese maple, Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’, replacing the floppy mid-green leaves of the former with something rather more interesting. An extra layer of colour and texture to a fascinating – and sometimes frustrating (for which read, droopy) – shrub whose creamy-white and green flowers are a subtle highlight of the summer border, produced with such generosity that even I, who have a marked reluctance to cut anything from the garden for the house, feel able to...well, to do just that.


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