Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris

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Buy Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris climbing hydrangea: Excellent climber for a shady wall

This climber is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: sun to partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: slow at first, then medium
  • Flowering period: June to August
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A star plant, this climbing hydrangea thrives in some of the most shady, inhospitable areas of the garden. Slow to establish, it will eventually romp along a wall or fence, clinging by aerial roots. Its almost heart-shaped, dark green leaves turn yellow in autumn, and masses of showy, lacy, white flowerheads appear in late spring and early summer.

  • Garden care: Plant in moist, fertile soil and do not allow the soil to dry out while the plant is getting established. This hydrangea flowers on the previous season’s wood, so if you need to prune it back, do so in late autumn or early spring, but be warned that drastic pruning may restrict flowering the following year.

  • Humans: Skin allergen; Pets: Harmful if eaten

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Notes on Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris

"Wispy lacecap, with a pincushion of tiny white flowers surrounded by the occasional full floret, on this self-supporting deciduous climber."

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Established easily and now growing very well


Shady, west facing wall



Useful and pretty


I knew not to expect much growth for the first year or two, but was then rewarded by a very pretty , low maintenance climber that doesnt need to be pruned or tied onto trellis. It clings onto any surface, like an ivy. It survived being moved several times.


West scotland

Really does climb!


Am amazing plant,didn't do much the first season,except foot a couple of flowers.Then,took of like a rocket,before I knew it was twinning up the drain pipe,and putting out branch's,which this season was heavy with blooms.My neighbour in the top flat is keen for me not to prune it back,he loves the flowers heading in his direction.

Petal pusher



Bought three


Bought 3 plants two years ago: 1st in a small tub in full shade by the back door & is romping up the wall - no flowers but not expecting any!, 2&3 either side of west facing bay window, excellent growth & have flowered this year


NE England


It has done so well added cheer in Lockdown to my move.


It has been great as moved just before lockdown and needed some instant attraction in m garden which I was altering dramatically, time allowed and now has many wonderful additions from Crocus.

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Great product


Great product good for climbing our wall.




Excellent plant.


Excellent plant which is thriving in the front garden. Well packaged with a quick delivery.




I would buy plants from Crocus again.


I have bought this plant in the past for a specific position in the garden. It has been planted in a particularly challenging spot- north facing although tucked in so sheltered, against a corner house wall. Buds are appearing and although the winter has been low in light levels! - I am expecting it to thrive. I have ordered from you before and have been impressed with the quality of plants I have received.




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A pretty climber. Lacy flowers and shiny dark green foliage. Grows quickly' up right and self supporting. Ideal for covering sheds or fences or up a wall.

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South west


Oh yes


I have never had a problem with any purchase from Crocus!





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When is it best to plant a climbing hydrainga


These plants are fully hardy, so they can be planted at any time of the year - however the best times would traditionally be autumn or spring. For more information, please click on the link below, which will take you to our 'when to plant' video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEkSggFJMdE


I have an unsightly picket fence I wish to hide. Would a climbing hydrangea do well mixed with Irish ivy? It is a north facing fence albeit very sunny. I also considered star jasmine but am concerned it may not be hardy enough?


Irish ivy is quite a robust plant, and my fear would be that whatever you plant it with may eventually get swamped. Therefore, if you want an evergreen, then I would plant it on its own - otherwise, the climbing hydrangea would look lovely.


Hi - My 2 climbing hydrangea plants have just arrived from Crocus! I was planning to plant them along a section of north-facing wooden fence, but I read in a forum today that this climber is not recommended for a fence because they eventually get too big and heavy and can pull it down! Although our fence is pretty sturdy, its obviously not as sturdy as the side of a house. I have no alternative place for these climbers and I'm worried I've made the wrong decision. Can you give me any advice or reassurance?


Hello These can eventually grow to be large climbers, but this will take time as they are slow growing initially. You can prune them to restrict their growth in the late autumn or early spring, although this can reduce the amount of flowers you have the following year.


Hi we planted this in a pot in June. Having read your advice we now wonder if we can replant it into the ground or if we should wait a couple of years. We also have clematis growing through it.


Hello there Ideally these climbers are better grown in the ground, so I would transfer it into the garden this autumn.

Hi we planted this in a pot in June. Having read your advice we now wonder if we can replant it into the ground or if we should wait a couple of years. We also have clematis growing through it.


Hello, These are happiest in the ground, so would plant it out as soon as possible, as this will also give it a chance for its stems to fix to the supporting walls/fences.


Can this be planted in a large planter, as opposed to a bed, and if so what size planter would you recommend please? Many thanks.


Hello, This plant is not ideal for a pot as it does get pretty big in time and will prefer having its roots in the ground.


I have a climbing Hydrangea on a north-west facing wall, our kitchen side wall on a terraced house. I was surprised to see in your response to a question from 2014 that you said this plant doesn't have a fragrance - ours has a stunning scent when in flower. It's definitely this plant (well I don't know what subspecies but it looks exactly like the picture and I was always told it is a climbing hydrangea). However my question is about damage to brick pointing and to drains. The plant was here when we bought the house 8 years ago but was much smaller. Just in the last say 3 years it has insanely romped away. I cut it back as much as possible every year but it comes back vigorously (and contrary to your plant description, this does not impede it flowering!!). I'm considering removing it as I think it reduces the light coming in the kitchen windows, and I'm concerned about it possibly digging into the drain with its roots and damaging the brick pointing with aerial roots?? Please advise!


Hello, I wonder if you are confusing this with a similar plant called Schizophragma hydrangeoides, which does have scented flowers. It does look very similar and it does have the common name of Japanese hydrangea vine - please click on the following link to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/schizophragma-hydrangeoides/classid.4374/ As for damaging the pointing/drains, it is difficult to say with any certainty as it will really depend on where your drains are and what state your pointing is in. If the pointing is sound and you have no intention of pulling it away from the wall, then it could actually offer some protection, but if the pointing is loose and flaky, then it may come away when stems are removed. They are pretty big plants though, so my advice would be that if it is too big for the spot, then you should probably with something that is better suited.


We have an established plant we inherited on moving house, growing against a sunny wall. However compared to plants I see on passing other houses which appear with much darker green foliage, our foliage is much paler/yellowy green, with some brown patches. Do we need to give our plant extra nourishment or other suggestions? Many thanks


Hello, It sounds as though it could do with some fertiliser, but I would be careful not to over-feed it at this stage as you do not want to encourage the plant to put on lots of fresh new growth before the frosts arrive. You could however apply a generous mulch around the base of the plant now, and then start feeding it with a good, general purpose fertiliser such as Vitax Q4 in spring next year.


Hi I have a very established climbing Hydrangea. It has never been pruned and looks great. However we need to paint the house and it is in the way of the drainpipe. Will it survive very hard pruning as I think it will need to be cut to the ground. I really don't want to lose it. Many thanks


Hello, These plants are not overly fond of a short back and sides, but if it has to be done, then you can tackle it in early spring, ideally leaving a framework of branches.


Hi I planted a climbing hydrangea about 4 months ago but, it doesn' seem to get aerial roots. It is not clinging to the wall. Is that because it is still a young plant?


Hello, Yes, these do need time to start clinging to the wall - and the stems also need to be close to the wall before they develop aerial roots.


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