Hydrangea aspera 'Hot Chocolate'
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May to October
- Hardiness: fully hardy
One of the new breed of hydrangeas, this handsome deciduous shrub has a long flowering period and mouthwatering colouring. When it first appears the foliage has a chocolate flush to its upper surface, while the reverse is a rich shade of burgundy. The lacecap-like flowers are made up of a violet-blue heart, with soft pink outer florets. A resilient and easy to grow shrub, it is suitable for adding a bit of colour to both borders and pots.
- Garden care: Hydrangeas do not like to dry out. In dry weather, soak the roots with a hose and the plant will usually recover. Remove faded flowerheads in spring after the danger of frosts, cutting back the flowered stems to a strong pair of buds. Take out misplaced or diseased shoots. Mulch young plants with a well-rotted manure or compost in spring. Once established, remove a quarter to a third of the shoots to the base of the plant.
- CAUTION toxic if eaten/skin & eye irritant
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Q:I have a hydranger hot chocolate which has been flourishing. However, some of the leaves are going brown and curling at the edges. Please could you give me some advice.Asked on 7/1/2014 by Angie from Brighton East Sussex
This is a sign that the plant is getting scorched somehow. Hydrangeas are thirsty plants, so the most likely cause is a lack of water. Alternatively the leaves may be getting scorched by strong winds.Answered on 7/4/2014 by helen from crocus
Hydrangeas come in many guises, but the blue and pink mopheads and lacecaps that flower in summer are generally forms of Hydrangea macrophylla, an Asian species that prefers lots of summer rainfall and drier winters. This can be tricky in drier gardens, bRead full article