Profile: Climbing hydrangea
Botanical Name: Hydrangea anomala
Deciduous climbing vine
Generally around 1500cm in height and 500cm in spread.
While hydrangeas are
best known as big balls of blue to pink flowers on sturdy shrubs,
this variety breaks from tradition, with soft lacy flowers that
spread as a vine.
A native of the woodlands
of Japan and coastal China, the climbing hydrangea features fragrant
and showy creamy-white blooms during late spring to summer. It's
delicate flowers attract several species of butterflies.
Its foliage is also an
attractive addition to the garden, with glossy, heart-shaped leaves
with cinnamon-coloured exfoliating bark.
This climber needs strong
structural support if it is to grow vertically, so it's best suited
against a trellis, tree, or a stone or brick wall.
It does best in an area
that receives full sun or partial shade, with rich, medium-wet soil.
It requires fairly constant watering.
The climbing hydrangea
can be hard to establish, but once it's on track it can grow fairly
quickly and requires little maintenance.
It can be planted any
time from spring, right through until autumn. It can be grown from
either seed or cutting, but it is certainly a far quicker option
to grow from a cutting.
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