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Climbing hydrangea

Species: subsp. petiolaris.

Bought this to grow up arch , north east facing.
Is in large container.
Has grown about 6 inches in the 3 weeks I have had it.
Common Name: Climbing hydrangea
Genus: Hydrangea
Species: anomala
Cultivar: subsp. petiolaris
Skill Level: Experienced
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Hardiness: Hardy
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Height: 1500cm
Spread: 500cm
Time to take cuttings: May to August
Flowering period:
May to July

Climbing hydrangea is a useful low-maintenance climber for a shady or north wall, also thriving in sunnier sites in moist soils (the flowers do not last quite as well in a sunny spot). Plants are slow to get going, and often make little new growth in the first few years. However, it is well worth the wait. In midsummer the white lacecap-style hydrangea flowers are huge, up to 10in (25cm) across, and can almost cover the stems completely. The craggy stems cling to the walls by adventitious roots. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

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