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Lubera stops plant deliveries to the UK
Due to Brexit, we are not able to deliver to the UK. We are working on a solution on how we can continue to bring a wide range of Lubera plants to the UK and directly to our customers' homes in the future. However, such a solution will not be available before 2022 or 2023.

Smooth hydrangeas

Hydrangea arborescens from Lubera

Those who love the nostalgic aura of hydrangeas will also appreciate the advantages of a smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens): it has a long flowering period with exceptionally large, aristocratic inflorescences, good winter hardiness and rich green, almost heart-shaped leaves.

   
 
Hydrangea 'Lime Rickey'®

Hydrangea arborescens 'Lime Rickey'® has lime-coloured flowers and a compact habit

£24.40 *

Smooth Hydrangea 'Annabelle'

Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' has large, snow white flowers from June to August

£14.90 *

Smooth Hydrangea, Wild Hydrangea 'Pink Annabelle'®

Hydrangea arborescens 'Pink Annabelle' forms huge, pink flowers from June to August

£27.90 *

Smooth Hydrangea, Wild Hydrangea 'Strong Annabelle'®

Hydrangea arborescens 'Strong Annabelle' forms huge, white flowers from June to August

From £27.90 *

Smooth Hydrangea, Wild Hydrangea 'Sweet Annabelle'®

Hydrangea arborescens 'Sweet Annabelle'® - huge, pale pink flower balls on strong stems

From £27.90 *

   
 

More information about Hydrangea arborescens

 

When you buy a smooth hydrangea, you get a wonderful ornamental shrub with spherical, umbrella-like panicles that can reach a diameter of up to 25 centimetres - a real WOW effect in the garden.

The development of the flowers is also an experience: they start out in a lime green colour, change to a bright white or pink and even when withered, they still have a high decorative value. Take a look at our Lubera assortment - we have put together popular types of Hydrangea arborescens for you. With their impressive flowers, they are an eye-catcher in every garden landscape from June to autumn. This type of hydrangea has an enormous long-distance effect and is very suitable for decorative group plantings in the lawn or in a mixed hedge.

 

 

Spectacular, ball-shaped flowers for the garden

 

Choose your favourite variety in the Lubera garden shop! The favourites of many gardeners are the Annabelle varieties, which have already proven themselves in many locations; the ‘Pink Annabelle’ variety is the beautiful pink version, and ‘Strong Annabelle’ lives up to its name - it is characterised by its particularly sturdy shoots, which easily bear the large flowers.

 

Hydrangea arborescens - growth and origin

 

Smooth hydrangeas belong to the hydrangea family and within this category to the wild hydrangeas (bot. Hydrangea arborescens), which are native to North America. Wild varieties grow in light forests and close to rivers. The plant grows as an upright shrub with many branches. The branches are relatively thin and have a reddish-brown bark. When you buy Hydrangea arborescens, you should bear in mind that this shrub develops a tendency to widen over time - older shrubs, therefore, need quite a lot of space for themselves, but of course, appropriate pruning measures can achieve the desired shape. A smooth hydrangea flowers on its new shoots, so even a very cold winter will not harm it.

 

The right location

 

If you buy a smooth hydrangea, a semi-shady location with fairly moist soil is ideal. It can be planted very well as an undergrowth and it also feels comfortable at the edge of the garden pond - but it should never get permanently wet feet. Hydrangea arborescens plants are generally relatively undemanding once a suitable place in the garden has been found. There they will delight the gardener with a very long flowering period and they will continuously produce new flowers. The shrubs are not particularly choosy about the pH of the soil and they definitely do not need acidic soil. If the soil is too calcareous, you should mix it with some bog soil.

When choosing the location, you should also bear in mind that hydrangeas are deep-rooted plants - if they are planted under trees, they should ideally also have roots that extend mainly vertically downwards.

 

Pruning

 

Smooth hydrangeas can reach a height of up to three metres, but they are very tolerant of pruning so that they can be easily limited in their size. It is advisable to cut them back annually - they will flower on this year's new wood. Cutting back promotes the number and size of the flowers as well as vigorous budding. Do the pruning before the hydrangeas sprout in March, cutting all of the shoots down to about 15 centimetres above the ground.

 

Planting and care

 

If the soil substrate at the site is somewhat lean and permeable, compost should be mixed under the soil. Think of a forest soil that the Hydrangea arborescens loves - this naturally has a high humus content. Sufficient irrigation, therefore, is the most important care measure - it is one of the plants that you should water again when the surface of the soil is still slightly moist. After planting, it is recommended to apply a permanent mulch layer, e.g. using bark mulch. You can sprinkle horn shavings underneath it so that sufficient nitrogen is available.

Fertilise the plant from time to time, as Hydrangea arborescens has a fairly high nutrient requirement. The regular application of ripe compost and organic fertilisers such as horn shavings, manure and liquid manure is beneficial for growth. Fertilisation can also be done with a special hydrangea fertiliser (not a must, as this is not about flower colours). If the smooth hydrangeas grow in sandy soil, they generally need a little more fertiliser.

 

Combination with other hydrangeas

 

Hydrangeas are definitely back in fashion. Combine your smooth hydrangeas with other beautiful members of this plant family! They have similar habitat requirements and the wonderful versatility of this group can be admired. For example, panicled hydrangeas bloom later than smooth hydrangeas - so you have many different flowering aspects in your garden.

 

In a container

 

Some varieties, such as 'Annabelle', can be kept very well in containers. However, it is important to consider the following:

  • The container should be sufficiently large with good drainage
  • No waterlogging occurs (equip the planter with a layer of gravel),
  • Suitable potting soil is used - e.g. you can mix rhododendron soil and compost

Overwintering

Wild hydrangeas or smooth hydrangeas come from North America, where winters are often very harsh. Special winter protection  is therefore not necessary when the hydrangea is planted out. Only young plants should be covered with brushwood in the first year. If you keep the plant in a container, you should insulate your plant pot well. Even in the winter, your potted plant should not dry out completely - so keep an eye on it for a while.

 

Support

 

Perennial rings or U-shaped bamboo poles around the plant provide good support since the impressive flowers of this plant can develop a considerable weight. Grids through which the hydrangea shoots grow are also suitable.

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