Snowballs in Summer



Dotted among greens

Perched on many sturdy stalks;

Bountiful white balls.




When I walked out the front door yesterday, my attention was immediately drawn to this one particular snowball head that stood up….quite high above the others.  And I smiled admiringly and said to it, “You want your picture taken, don’t you?”  😊  That’s the one in the first photo.


The Snowball Viburnum in the front garden bed has been steadily growing and thriving over the past several years, producing more and more beautiful spheres of white flower clusters.

I’ve been letting it have its way for some time; however, I’m thinking about doing some pruning after this season’s flowering is done.

Just a little.

To give the hostas some of the space they’ve lost. 😊


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Up close the white flowers look pretty with their particular petal shape and lines.




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15 thoughts on “Snowballs in Summer

    1. Thank you for your question! It has confused me a few times, because of the different names for them. I looked it up. The Snowball Viburnum is a Hydrangea arborescens and also called Annabella Hydrangea. Their characteristic tendency is to have the flowers be green before turning white. The main difference, apparently, is that the Viburnum ones do not bloom as long as regular hydrangeas do. Regular hydrangeas bloom for up to two months.

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    2. From Gardening Know How page, I found these pointers: Snowball hydrangea shrubs grow 4 to 6 feet tall, while the viburnums grow 6 to 10 feet tall. If you’re looking at a shrub that is well over 6 feet tall, it is a viburnum. A snowball viburnum bush won’t tolerate a climate colder than U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone 6. Snowball bushes growing in colder climates are probably hydrangeas. The hydrangeas have a much longer bloom period than the viburnums, with blossoms remaining on the shrub for as long as two months. Hydrangeas bloom in spring and may rebloom in fall, while viburnums bloom in summer. Hydrangeas have smaller flower heads that seldom exceed 8 inches in diameter. Viburnum flower heads are 8 to 12 inches across.

      Read more at Gardening Know How: How To Tell Snowball Bushes Apart: Is It A Snowball Viburnum Bush Or Hydrangea

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