08 Jul I Love Hydrangea Invincibelle Spirit II
Name: Hydrangea arborescens ‘Invincibelle Spirit II’
Type of Plant: A shrub for sun or part-shade that produces pink hydrangea flowers from late-June through August…and into September if deadheaded faithfully. Hardy in Zones 3-9
Why I love this: This is the second generation of the Invincibelle Spirit Hydrangea, and it is a better plant. I liked the original just fine, but this improved version has larger, and so more showy, petals. Hydrangea arborescens shrubs are native to North America and they bloom on new growth so it doesn’t matter how cold the winter was, you’ll still have flowers.
Invincibelle Spirit II is also better because when you deadhead the plant it produces new stems and more flowers!
A Word to the Wise: Be sure to plant this Hydrangea where it can grow about 5 feet tall and wide. Yes, most printed information says it will grow up to 4 feet tall and wide but given the way I’ve seen this plant develop in just two years in my garden, I’d say that it’s probably safe to assume that it will get a bit larger.