Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris

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Buy Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris climbing hydrangea: Excellent climber for a shady wall

This climber is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position:sun to partial shade
  • Soil:fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth:slow at first, then medium
  • Flowering period: June to August
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
  • Pruning: none required

    A star plant, this climbing Hydrangea thrives in some of the most shady, inhospitable areas of the garden. Slow to establish, it will eventually romp along a wall or fence, clinging by aerial roots. Its almost heart-shaped, dark green leaves turn yellow in autumn, and masses of showy, lacy, white flowerheads appear in late spring and early summer.

  • Garden care: Plant in moist, fertile soil and do not allow the soil to dry out while the plant is getting established. This hydrangea flowers on the previous season’s wood, so if you need to prune it back, do so in late autumn or early spring, but be warned that drastic pruning may restrict flowering the following year.

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Notes on Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris

"Wispy lacecap, with a pincushion of tiny white flowers surrounded by the occasional full floret, on this self-supporting deciduous climber - delicate winter"

Good plant, slow to start growing, but then takes off


I bought this Hydrangea at my previous house and it grew very well, so when I moved and hard a bare North facing wall to cover, I bought another Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris and planted it out before the hot weather started. However, without much watering it is growing well. This is a good plant to cover walls and fences fairly quickly and is self supporting. It takes a short while to get started but once it starts growing, it grows very quickly.




Need to bring some life to a boundary fence


Settling in well but don't expect instant gratification with this plant or you will be disappointed.

Enthusiastic amateur



Survived the cold spring and is happy on a north facing wall


Survived the cold spring and is happy on a north facing wall


north west of London


Perfect climber


Brought this as its self clinging and I wanted it for this reason , my last climber got so heavy my trellis collapsed so I'm going to grow this against my wall and around my window and keep it trimmed accordingly . Can't wait for it to establish as it will look amazing especially as the flowers are so pretty too xxx




Good strong, healthy plant


This plant is very healthy and was in very good condition when it was delivered.




Doing well in a shady north facing aspect.


Bought specifically for a shady north facing aspect.


Tyne & Wear


Hydrangea anomal subspecies.petiolaris


Ideal creeper to go on wall at the bottom of the garden in an area that does not get much sun




Good climber


Looking for climber in difficult position - beech tree removed so poor soil and not much light. Growing beautifully




Bought as a gift


I bought as a gift and was sent a photo of it. The plant was well established and much larger than I was expecting. It's a wall climber, the recipient was delighted that it looked the part immediately on being planted. I believe it has taken well and it should look stunning when it flowers. I can't comment on any other aspects of the plant health but I have no reason to believe it was other than excellent in delivery. Mail order plants are often a disappointment but this looked great and I was so pleased it didn't turn out to be an embarrassing, let down of a present.

Fat fingers



I recommend this product


good for a north wall. Prolific




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Hi - My 2 climbing hydrangea plants have just arrived from Crocus! I was planning to plant them along a section of north-facing wooden fence, but I read in a forum today that this climber is not recommended for a fence because they eventually get too big and heavy and can pull it down! Although our fence is pretty sturdy, its obviously not as sturdy as the side of a house. I have no alternative place for these climbers and I'm worried I've made the wrong decision. Can you give me any advice or reassurance?


Hello These can eventually grow to be large climbers, but this will take time as they are slow growing initially. You can prune them to restrict their growth in the late autumn or early spring, although this can reduce the amount of flowers you have the following year.


Hi we planted this in a pot in June. Having read your advice we now wonder if we can replant it into the ground or if we should wait a couple of years. We also have clematis growing through it.


Hello there Ideally these climbers are better grown in the ground, so I would transfer it into the garden this autumn.

Hi we planted this in a pot in June. Having read your advice we now wonder if we can replant it into the ground or if we should wait a couple of years. We also have clematis growing through it.


Hello, These are happiest in the ground, so would plant it out as soon as possible, as this will also give it a chance for its stems to fix to the supporting walls/fences.


Can this be planted in a large planter, as opposed to a bed, and if so what size planter would you recommend please? Many thanks.


Hello, This plant is not ideal for a pot as it does get pretty big in time and will prefer having its roots in the ground.


I have a climbing Hydrangea on a north-west facing wall, our kitchen side wall on a terraced house. I was surprised to see in your response to a question from 2014 that you said this plant doesn't have a fragrance - ours has a stunning scent when in flower. It's definitely this plant (well I don't know what subspecies but it looks exactly like the picture and I was always told it is a climbing hydrangea). However my question is about damage to brick pointing and to drains. The plant was here when we bought the house 8 years ago but was much smaller. Just in the last say 3 years it has insanely romped away. I cut it back as much as possible every year but it comes back vigorously (and contrary to your plant description, this does not impede it flowering!!). I'm considering removing it as I think it reduces the light coming in the kitchen windows, and I'm concerned about it possibly digging into the drain with its roots and damaging the brick pointing with aerial roots?? Please advise!


Hello, I wonder if you are confusing this with a similar plant called Schizophragma hydrangeoides, which does have scented flowers. It does look very similar and it does have the common name of Japanese hydrangea vine - please click on the following link to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/schizophragma-hydrangeoides/classid.4374/ As for damaging the pointing/drains, it is difficult to say with any certainty as it will really depend on where your drains are and what state your pointing is in. If the pointing is sound and you have no intention of pulling it away from the wall, then it could actually offer some protection, but if the pointing is loose and flaky, then it may come away when stems are removed. They are pretty big plants though, so my advice would be that if it is too big for the spot, then you should probably with something that is better suited.


We have an established plant we inherited on moving house, growing against a sunny wall. However compared to plants I see on passing other houses which appear with much darker green foliage, our foliage is much paler/yellowy green, with some brown patches. Do we need to give our plant extra nourishment or other suggestions? Many thanks


Hello, It sounds as though it could do with some fertiliser, but I would be careful not to over-feed it at this stage as you do not want to encourage the plant to put on lots of fresh new growth before the frosts arrive. You could however apply a generous mulch around the base of the plant now, and then start feeding it with a good, general purpose fertiliser such as Vitax Q4 in spring next year.


Hi I have a very established climbing Hydrangea. It has never been pruned and looks great. However we need to paint the house and it is in the way of the drainpipe. Will it survive very hard pruning as I think it will need to be cut to the ground. I really don't want to lose it. Many thanks


Hello, These plants are not overly fond of a short back and sides, but if it has to be done, then you can tackle it in early spring, ideally leaving a framework of branches.


Hi I planted a climbing hydrangea about 4 months ago but, it doesn' seem to get aerial roots. It is not clinging to the wall. Is that because it is still a young plant?


Hello, Yes, these do need time to start clinging to the wall - and the stems also need to be close to the wall before they develop aerial roots.


I wish to pair this climbing hydrangea on a north east facing fence panel (receives 2 - 4 hours sunlight) next to a matured Pyracantha Saphyr Orange shrub, will I need to install trellis onto the fence panel for the aerial roots to hold onto?

Roy F

Hello, You will need to offer some initial support, but once it gets going the aerial roots on the stems will cling to the fence without help.


Hi,are these scented? I spotted what I thought was one of these at Chartwell House growing up several storeys and had a stunning scent like orange blossom. Is this the same plant? Thanks.


Hello there Unfortunately I don't know which climber you saw at Chartwell House but Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris doesn't have scented fowers. There is another climber that might look similar from a distance, -Schizophragma hydrangeoides which does have a fragrant flower, maybe it was this? http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/schizophragma-hydrangeoides/classid.4374/ Hope this helps

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