Name: Invincibelle Wee White® Hydrangea, aka Hydrangea arborescens ‘NCHA5’ USPP 30,296, Can 6,345
Type of Plant: A small variety of our native smooth hydrangea, hardy to a zone 3. Mine has stayed under 20” high, but these can grow to 30” given richer soil.
Why I Love This Plant: Many love the Annabelle, Blush and Invincibelle Spirit arborescens Hydrangas, but don’t have room for them. And many gardeners want a long-flowering, easy small shrub for putting in perennial gardens or the front layer in shrub borders or foundation beds. Wee White is the plant for all of these situations. It grows well in full sun or part-shade, and begins to flower at the end of June in my region.
A Word to the Wise: As the flowers on this shrub fade, clip them off just under the spent bloom to improve the look of the plant, and occasionally stimulate more flowers. This Hydrangea blooms on new growth, so it will always bloom even if the winter was cold or the plant was trimmed back.