Hydrangea Petiolaris a climbing plant which absolutely thrives in our Aberdeen garden
Most climbing plants require support with trellis or wire,and very often a degree of skill with pruning and training the branches.
The self clinging Hydrangea Petiolaris is a climber that is easy to grow and will take care of itself other than maybe cutting back some of the branches that grow outwards,if you feel they have become too long.
It does not grow as fast as ivy, but after a few years you will be rewarded with lovely white flowers. Flowering time is June to September’ Petiolaris attracts, bees and butterflies. Apart from the attractive flowers, this hydrangea also has shiny, fresh green foliage.
The climbing Hydrangea is an easy plant that thrives in the shade or semi shade. It likes humus rich soil with a neutral Ph .Petiolaris looks very good on a north-facing wall or fence especially during the flowering period, when it will brighten up a dull area beautifully.
The plant can reach a height of twelve metres or more, and a width up to five metres,however you don’t have to let it grow that large it can be pruned back in autumn or early spring. Another bonus is the lovely yellow colour which the leaves turn in Autumn.
The Royal Horticultural Society has given it it’s prestigious award of garden merit.
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Position – Part/full shade
February 28th the weather has turned milder a hint of spring is in the air. (What’s in flower in our garden) The Hamamelis is still hanging on, Sarcococca is running a little late, should be showing its small white perfumed blooms in the next week or so.
Snowdrops Nivalis in the front garden.
This is an early flowering Crocus placed on a raised border in the patio.
The late winter flowering white Heather Erica hasn’t quite reached full bloom.
Same goes for the pale lilac one
Here we have a shot of the main area of our back garden on the last day of February. Over the last few years we have made some attempt to give a better winter look than we once had. we could of course take it further, however I am not so keen to compromise the Summer show any more than we have.
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