06 August 2016

In the Spotlight: Invincibelle Spirit II: the Pink Annabelle

Introduced as the first pink Annabelle type hydrangea in 2009 by Proven Winners, Invincibelle Spirit is a pink mophead that is hardy in zone 3 gardens. Seven years later, Proven Winners now has an improved sturdy pink mop head called Invincibelle Spirit II.  They've improved on the stalks, making them strong enough to stand up to rain storms and remain upright, even while carrying the large pink ball-shaped clusters of blooms.  The florets are a dark pink-red, open to a dark pink and fade to a jade green in time for autumn.  Dark green foliage covers the stems of this rounded shrub.

It is a reliable bloomer, blooming early summer through fall, even reblooming. 

Plant where it gets at least 6 hours of sun a day. Fewer hours in a hot climate is ok but this hydrangea does require sun to promote strong growth and vigorous blooming.  Mulch with 2-3 inches of shredded bark mulch to keep the roots cool and the soil moist.  

It may take a few years for this variety to fully establish but you'll be rewarded for your patience with a healthy vigorous pink mophead hydrangea.  

In the spring, cut back by about 1/3.  This will help make strong sturdy stems to support the blooms.  

Hardy to -40 C or -40 F.  Zones 3-9

Height:  3-4 feet
Width: 3-5 feet
Most soil conditions as long as it's moist. Soil and water ph does not affect bloom colour.

$1 from the sale of each plant is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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