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The ever new

With some plants I’d really prefer species to hybrids. I’ve wanted to plant a shady bank with Hydrangea arborescens for several years, but the species isn’t available–at least not in local nurseries. Here is its natural habitat, or one of them … the shady hills above the Delaware River in Pennsylvania, as the crow flies, only about three miles from my garden.


All I can find is Incrediball or the “new” pink version, Invincebelle Spirit. Even the names turn me off. The (now) old fashioned hybrid Annabelle would do, but it’s become hard to find too.


So I settled for Incrediball and planted ten. Fortunately, my soil is such a challenge the flowers don’t even approach half their advertised size. Mine don’t look as natural as this bank on Paxson Hill Road, but in a couple of years they may come close.