Like a fine wine, there’s a right food and place for the grape from that vine. When it comes to the Climbing Hydrangea, Hydrangea anomala petiolaris, the right place for this vine is where it can climb. In my research garden, I’ve tested the Climbing Hydrangea in various places, including an old stump and a rock, where it definitely sprawls and covers unsightly objects. For me, it’s a bit out of its element for what I consider its best use.
This lovely white flowering Hydrangea is in its glory when it is doing what it was named for – climbing. It prefers partial to full shade with moist, well-drained soil and a fairly wide zone (4 to 8). Arbors, fences, stone walls - this is the right place and the right vine if you’re looking for a climber that has great foliage (heart-shaped dark green leaves), height (30-50’) and spread (5-6’) with a dainty early to mid-summer white blossom. Its winter interest is also part of its charm. With amber exfoliating bark, it can add color to an otherwise stark landscape.
To wrap up today’s post with a positive thought, David McCullough Jr. sums up our overall design philosophy best. “Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”
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