By Walt Bonvell
I’m often asked, “ What’s that beautiful shrub in front of Hinkle Hall?” The person is almost always asking about Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle.’ The dull white, 4-to-6-inch flowers, which appear from June through September, have found their home in the shade of Hinkle Hall. Every year, in late winter to early spring, this Hydrangea gets cut back to the ground. What you are seeing is this year’s growth that will bloom this year as well. You can't do this with all Hydrangeas. The flowers get so heavy, the plant stems drop to the ground. When used in a hedge, it doesn’t look so bad. It’s also one of the few plants that are trouble-free and easy to care for.