Ever wish you could cover everything with flowers? When you plant a climbing hydrangea, that's what happens! Unlike all of its hydrangea cousins, climbing hydrangea naturally grows as a vine which produces small rootlets that help it cling. In nature, it would clamor up trees and shrubs, and it's still lovely that way in gardens, though its equally useful grown on walls, chimneys, fences, pergolas, and other structures.
Climbing hydrangeas take a few years to get established before they begin to flower, but once they're settled in and growing vigorously, they provide years of beauty, growing more dramatic and floriferous each season.
Name: Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris
Hardiness: USDA zones 4-9
Height + width: 10-30' tall x 1- - 20' wide (taller/wider in milder climates, shorter in areas with long cold winters)
Light: Full to part sun
Soil: Any well-drained soil will do.
Pruning: Blooms on old wood. Pruning is rarely needed, though climbing hydrangeas may be selectively pruned to fill a specific space or to improve the habit. Climbing hydrangeas bloom on old wood, so trimming/cutting back will remove flower buds.
Water: Average water needs. Does not tolerate wet conditions.
Fertilizer: Fertilize once in early spring with a rose fertilizer if desired.
Bloom time: Early summer
Bloom color: White, aging to green.
Uses: Climbing hydrangeas must be grown on a structure, but almost anything will do. Growing up the trunks of trees is one of the most classic ways to enjoy them, but they cling equally well to manmade structures. Climbing hydrangea is unlikely to harm the trees they grow on or masonry, however, if you remove the plant, their dried old rootlets will cling to the surface for several years unless scrubbed off.
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I killed this plant but it tried really hard before it gave up, I think it didn't have enough sun. Anyway, the instructions are there for a reason so be sure to read them if you want to try to grow this!
We're sorry to hear that you've had a difficult time with this plant. Rest assured, we have a 60-day guarantee on all our plants. If you received your plants within that timeframe, we would be happy to apply your warranty once we receive the pictures. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, Happy Gardening!
It’s looking good. I received it in the mail but I’m not yet ready to plant it in the ground yet. I just bumped it up in a slightly bigger pot. I have no previous experience with climbing hydrangeas. Hopefully it likes where ever I end up planting it.
Hello! Our horticulture experts are always available to answer your questions at email@example.com. Here are a few resources that might be helpful. We discuss planting in containers here: https://blog.greatgardenplants.com/what-size-pots-should-i-use-for-container-plantings/. Our sister company Hydrangea.com has an excellent grow guide for Climbing hydrangeas here: https://hydrangea.com/pages/guide-to-growing-climbing-hydrangeas
Beautiful, pretty good size and healthy! I immediately placed it in the ground and is already taking off next to the umbrella trellis I got for her. She’s going to be an absolute beauty. Thank you for a great and fast service. I’ll definitely come back for more❤️
I purchased 4 of these same climbing hydrangeas in 2017 from a different retailer. Wish I had seen them here for $24.99 first! It took a couple of years to get rolling, but now they are spectacular on my East fence city garden. I added nine foot trellises since my fence could only be 6 feet tall and cemented them 1 foot from the fence. Now it's like the "secret garden" back there all summer long. Couldn't be more pleased!
I loved the climbing hydrangea. They arrived in very good condition. I planted them the day they arrived. I kept them in more shade than the SE, Texas sun.
Four made it and two died. Texas weather got the best of them, I think.
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