Japanese hydrangea vine
Though slower to establish than say Hydrangea petiolaris, the advantage is that the slow growth makes it a perfect plant for those with smaller spaces and the flowers are infinitely more interesting and showy
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: initially slow-to-establish
- Flowering period: July
- Flower colour: creamy-white
- Other features: toothed, dark green leaves on long stalks
- Hardiness: fully hardy
An attractive deciduous climber producing slightly fragrant, creamy- white flower-heads up to 25cm across, that resemble lacecap hydrangeas, in mid-summer. Japanese hydrangea vine is ideal for covering a large wall or fence or for training through a robust tree. Initially it is slow-to-establish, but it copes well with most conditions except extremely alkaline soil. As it grows it will attach itself to its support by aerial roots.
- Garden care: Plant at least 60cm (24in) away from a host plant, fence or wall. Tie in to a support and train until established. After flowering cut back the flowered shoots to within 2-4 of the permanent framework of the plant.