Hydrangea ‘petiolaris’ is the perfect climber for a north or north-east wall as it prefers a bit of morning sun followed by some shade although it will tolerate dense shade. It is strong and vigorous and needs a wall, tree trunk or solid structure for support. It is ideal for difficult shady areas where the prolific white blooms will provide highlights in the gloom. It is a magnificent climber covering large areas with good bright green foliage and abundant flowers. It will grow in other sites but does not like full sun and windy dry spots. Altogether an easy plant to grow and very rewarding. The growth rate of Hydrangea petiolaris varies enormously depending on position and soil, but while it is not the fastest climbing plant, once established it moves deceptively quickly.
Hydrangea ‘petiolaris’ characteristics.
- Large white blooms
- Good bright green foliage
- Partial to full shade – north and north-east walls
- Vigorous and will grow to 30′ – 50′
- Mild fragrance
- RHS Award of Garden Merit