Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
Hand-picked at our greenhouse
Shipped to your door
Arrives as young plant
DescriptionFresh flowers through autumn? An improvement on Invincibelle Spirit, Invincibelle Spirit II hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens), is the first 'Annabelle'-type hydrangea with pink flowers, and this improved version sets the bar even higher. Featuring stronger stems, richer color, and an improved reblooming habit, Invincibelle Spirit II is a show stopper in the garden. It looks great from its first blooms in summer and continues the show through fall.
Gardeners everywhere, even those in cold climates, can enjoy the fantastic pink blooms of this hydrangea thanks to its hardy nature, you'll enjoy blooms every year no matter how bad the winter. As if this plant couldn't get any better, this overachiever of a hydrangea has supported the Breast Cancer Research Foundation with a dollar per plant donation and raised over one million dollars for life-saving research far. To help reach the next million, we here at Great Garden Plants are doubling the donation for every plant purchased through us - $2 instead of the normal $1!
DetailsBotanical name:Hydrangea arborescens 'NCHA2' Patent #: USPP 28,316 Common name: Annabelle hydrangea, Smooth hydrangea, Native hydrangea Zone: 3-8 Sun exposure: Sun (6+ hours sun), part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 3.5-4' tall x wide Flower color: Pink Foliage color: Green Bloom time: Summer-fall Features: Proven winners, native, heat tolerant, cold tolerant Uses: Background, foundation planting, hedge, massing, ornamental, specimen, cut flower, native plant gardens. How To GrowSoil: Any average, well-drained soil will do. Avoid wet conditions. Can tolerate somewhat dry conditions but flowering may be compromised. A good 2-3" layer of shredded bark mulch keeps roots cool and conserves moisture. Light: Most varieties tolerate full sun in the north, but benefit from afternoon shade. Tolerates full sun only if grown with consistent moisture. In the South, plants require afternoon shade. If plants wilt frequently, that's a good indicator that the spot is a bit too sunny. If flower color is pale, or stems are weak, that indicates the site is a bit too shady. Water: Water to keep soil moist, but not wet. Spacing: 3.5 - 4 ft. Fertilizing: Fertilize once in spring with a granular fertilizer formulated for roses. Winterizing: Leave intact over winter and keep 2-3" mulch in place. Maintenance & Pruning: This variety blooms on new wood. In late winter or early spring, cut stems back by about one-third their total height, which builds a strong woody base while also encouraging abundant new growth for lots of flowers and a lush, full look. Young plants may be transplanted when dormant in early spring if desired.
Q & A
Your Questions on Caring for Hydrangeas, Answered
Learn how to grow and care for hydrangeas like a pro! Discover different types of hydrangeas, when it's best to prune hydrangeas, how to change colored blooms, why they may be wilting, and everything else you need to know.