Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris

9cm pot £9.99
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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: early summer
  • 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, variegated 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 this will restrict flowering the following year.

  • Humans: Skin allergen; Pets: Harmful if eaten

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Eventual height & spread

Eventual height and spread

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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Hydrangea climbing up the fence :)


Bought three hydrangeas about 17 months ago. I followed the instructions about regular watering and they have now climbed about 6 feet and have spread well too. Looking forward to flowers next year.




Too small!


Such a tiny plant. Had to dig it up and repot to protect from pests as it was too immature and near the ground.

Jan the dabbler




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Hello. I have a small east facing wall (1.1m wide and 2.3m high) next to my front door. It is on a small front porch which has a tiled roof. The porch joins the front of the house. I would like to try and grow a climbing hydrangea up the wall but have a few questions: Will it be too vigorous to control? Or can I limit it to the 2.3m high. Can I let it continue on to the roof - or will it get under tiles etc and damage the roof? Thanks for you help. John


Hello, Younger plants resent hard pruning, however it is usually possible (and advisable if the option is to grow onto the roof) to keep these plant within bounds by cutting them back immediately after flowering.


Hi there, Can I grow a climbing hydrangea in a large pot or will it need to go into the ground eventually? Thanks


Hello, These plants get pretty large in time, so ultimately they will be happier in the ground where their roots can spread. You could however grow it in a large pot for a couple of years provided they are kept well fed and watered.


Just to let you know that climbing hydrangea's do really well in pots for a long time - my mum has had hers in a pot for about 7 years now. The pot is probably about 14inch diameter (but quite deep) The hydrangea is now about 5 foot tall and fans out to about 2-3 foot wide & looks fantastic.


I live in Lowestoft, Suffolk, overlooking the sea I would like to grow this Hydrangea but we get the full blast of east winds but not sea spray. will it stand a chance of surviving?


Hello, I suspect it will probably survive, but the wind may damage the foliage (particularly if it gets hit before it has had a chance to harden off), so it might look a bit scorched and tatty at certain times of the year


Plant for a difficult North East corner Dear Helen Please can you help me? I have a space next to my front door that is crying out for a pretty plant. It measures about a metre square. However I am struggling to find something that will grow. It is North East facing and pretty much permanently in the shade. The soil is very moist due to being right on top of the soakaway from the guttering. It is good soil though. I would like a climber of some sort, but not one that will get out of control too quickly. Can you help me please? Regards Kathryn


Hello Kathryn, I'm afraid the conditions you describe are far from ideal, so you will struggle to get something to grow - especially something that is not too tough and vigorous. I would consider using the climbing Hydrangea as although it will eventually get quite big it is quite slow getting started. Alternatively opt for a flowering shrub like a hardier Fuchsia. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Suggestions for covering a very large south facing fence please Dear Crocus, I live in Manchester but have a property in South Devon which I let out to tenants.The house has a very small garden with a row of Leylandii forming a 'hedge-fence' along one side, which I inherited with the property. These had grown to a considerable height, so last year, after consulting my neighbour, I decided to take them down and he agreed to put his own fence up. What I did not realise however was that the level of his garden is higher than mine by several feet - so that although the Leyandii were very tall on my side, they were only 6 feet tall on his side. The result is that I now have a large south facing wooden fence to cover which is about 14 feet high. So now I am wondering what to grow there. I like the idea of Hydrangea petiolaris which is self climbing - but slow to develop. Is there an alternative approach that you can suggest. The garden is quite small. Thank you in anticipation. Bob

Robert Hill

Hello Bob, I like the climbing Hydrangeas too, but all the Hederas are faster growing and self-clinging climbers so they may be a better option - just click on the following link to go straight to them. http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.hedera/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Plant for an east facing wall Hi, Could you help me with the choice of plant for an east facing wall (it will get early morning sun). The wall is 8 foot high and 20 foot long. I liked the idea of a climbing Hydrangea but this appears to grow to 15 metres. Is there a similar evergreen plant that you could recommend? Many thanks Sue

Sue Mather

Hi Helen Many thanks I think we will go for the Hydrangea Regards Sue

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Hello Sue, The Hydrangea is really quite slow growing and you can easily cut it back if it does get too big, so if you really like it, I would be tempted to go for it. Alternatively you could opt for one of the Loniceras or a Hedera, both of which can be trimmed back if they get over-large. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Sue Mather

When to plant Climbing Hydrangeas? Hi, When is the best time to plant a climbing Hydrangea? Thank you

CARY smith

Hello There, The best time to plant is either autumn or spring, but you can plant out hardy plants throughout winter as long as the ground is not frozen. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Help for a shady damp spot please Hi I'm looking for plants for a damp shady spot in my garden. It's a raised, north-facing bed and stays damp most of the year, and the soil is compost-rich. I'd love to get some colour in there as I look out on to it from my kitchen window so I was wondering about Hollyhocks, Flag Irises or maybe Heuchera? I also have a very big slug problem though - tried Sambucus nigra last year and it was eaten! Please, what can you suggest? I look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards Mary

mary culhane

Hello Mary, Most flowering plants prefer a sunnier spot, and few plants can cope if the soil remains too wet, however you could consider any of the following Alchemilla http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.alchemilla/ Ferns http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/ferns/plcid.309/ Helleborus http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.helleborus/ Hydrangea http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.hydrangea/ Persicaria http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.persicaria/ Rhododendron http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.rhododendron/ Vinca http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.vinca/ I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

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How tall is your Hydrangea anomala subsp petiolaris? Could you please tell me the current height of your 7.5 litre climbing hydrangea? Look forward to hearing from you. Roz

Roz Penney

Hello Roz, The 7.5lt Hydrangea will be around 60cm tall, but quite bushy with lots of stems.

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What climber can I grow in a shady area? I have a blank wall that only gets sun late afternoon. Can you please advise me what I should choose?

william high

There are some lovely climbers that would be suitable for your shady wall. Just click on the link below each plant to find out more about that particular one. 'Lonicera japonica Halliana' - pure white flowers that fade to yellow http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1678&CategoryID= 'Chaenomeles x superba Crimson and Gold' - a wall shrub with red flowers http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=780&CategoryID= 'Jasminum nudiflorum' - wall shrub with bright yellow flowers in winter http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1667&CategoryID= 'Schizophragma hydrangeoides' - hydrangea-like white flowers http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4374&CategoryID= 'Hedera varieties - evergreen climbers http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/pl/?q=edera 'Garrya elliptica James Roof' - has extra long, silky catkins http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=3880&CategoryID= Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris' - climbing hydrangea http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1665&CategoryID= Parthenocissus - fiery autumnal colours http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=parthenocissus


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