March 31, 2020

And the Bloom Goes On

Hydrangea arborescens 'Piiha-I' - Endless Summer 'Bella Anna' - a patented variety of smooth hydrangea

Janine Pineo Photo | Hydrangea arborescens ‘Piiha-I’ – Endless Summer ‘Bella Anna’ – a patented variety of smooth hydrangea

Once you cut through the rather cryptic name, what is left is a lovely hydrangea with a sort of antique pink shade of blossoms that abound. It is called Hydrangea aborescens ‘Piiha-I’ Endless Summer Bella Anna. A smooth hydrangea, this shrub is patented as part of the Endless Summer collection, known for their ability to bloom from summer to fall. Bella Anna is hardy to Zone 4 and will grow up to 3 feet wide and high. It can be planted in full sun, but only if it has consistent moisture. H. aborescens is native to the eastern United States, with a range from New York to Florida and west to Oklahoma. It normally grows in moist soil under a forest canopy, therefore can tolerate a fair amount of shade. The bark on smooth hydrangea often will peel off in thin layers, each a different shade. This gives the plant its other common name: sevenbark.