Climbing hydrangea

Decorating outward of this lianoid plant makes all of the amateur gardeners and pro-landscape designers fall in love with it.

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Climbing hydrangea

Climbing hydrangea is a rock-climber girl. Under natural conditions the Plant climbs up using nearby trees. Hydrangea has adventitious roots, that can securely attach to the surface of the foot. Consequently the liana can grow up in height to 20 meters. So it is the perfect way to make any vertical surface more green and beautiful.

The plant is deciduous. Leaves long-petiolate, opposite, round or ovoid in shape, with sharp serrated edge. The upper edge of the leaves is a dark, bottom it is light green. In autumn the leaves have painted in golden color (if don’t fall under gets freezing). On branches there is a bark that is peeling off, but this quality does not affect neatness of the hydrangea.

Under normal conditions the Hydrangea petiolaris getting up for the three meters, larger specimens are rare. Wind-resistant, tolerates fumes in the air. Winter hardiness is good enough. Sometimes in severe frost young shoots gets damaged, but you can easily remove it – cut without any sacrificing outward.

In the summer you can delight in watching the hydrangea blooming for about a couple of weeks. From about the beginning of June-July, the plant gets covered with large, a crumby inflorescences. Eachisupto 20 cmindiameter. And all studded with the small white-pink flowers. There are numerous fruitless flowers with a diameter of 3 cm in inflorescences and less number of fruit-flowers with fused petals on the top.

Flowers of the Climbing hydrangeas are endowed with a wonderful aroma that attracts not just the people, but honey insects.

Pruning (cutting)

To achieve the best decorative effect plant needs to prune right. You can cut off all the fats-growing propagules without any pangs of conscience. Next to remove there will be the powerful growths. But don’t you forget to lead and tie up the young shoots, which will provide maximum coverage of the selected surface.

Care and propagation

Originally the hydrangea grows in forests in East Asia, which means that the plant prefers partial shade or deep shade and moist acidic soil. It gets sick with the dryness and the alkalinization of the habitat, does not like soil compaction. Before the planting process, the land makes enriched by the organic matter. And if the soil is dense, then you must add the peat or fine clayite.

If the Climbing hydrangea will get no foot, it can easily go into a form of ground-cover plant. And in early spring its shoots get a little shorter, which will provide a better branching and abundant flowering.

The Climbing hydrangea is propagating like paniculate and smooth hydrangea: with the stalks, with the stool layers and by the division. The new kinds are coming with the seed propagating, but it is an uncommon method among the amateur gardeners.

Due to the large water requirements of hydrangea, it’s better to plant it away from fruit trees and bushes. That kind of plant also don’t like competition for water, like the paniculate hydrangea does. It is better to cover the ground around the landings with a thick layer of organic mulch, which over time will become an additional power plant. You can use that mulch after the soil gets warm up in the spring.



Since this hydrangea is very wind-resistant plant, it is used for zoning the area. It looks great on pergolas and arches separating the various zones, and create visual accents.

Under our conditions the liane is not growing so fast and strong, but that is an advantage, because you not always zoning your area with the high, few viewed live walls. It is enough to make a partition with the following garden rooms, because in the gardens should always be intrigued moments.

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The Climbing hydrangea is used with the landscaping walls, fences, balconies and pergolas. But if the height of the towers and lattices is small enough. You can use the Climbing hydrangea as a cover crop. In a difference with the paniculata hydrangeas, Climbing one demand’s more daylight, so in partial shade it may give a very poor flowering. If walls, pergolas and arches oriented South or North, so you can decorative the both sides with the beautiful flowers and bushes, creating a tiering of the plantings. The composition of daylilies, peonies, knotweed plants, European bugbane, cuff and garden geranium will be good and durable.

And if the foot of The Climbing hydrangea oriented East or West, so it is better to plant the flowering crops on the South side, and the North side is good to plant shade-tolerant crops. For example, you can use the host group, ferns and astilbes.

Due to its quiet, unobtrusive decoration the Climbing hydrangea finds more and more fans in private plots. It is durable, makes your area wonderful zoned, and it is the perfect backdrop for flowering and deciduous ornamental crops.

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