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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Climbing hydrangea: watch it grow

Schizophragma hydrangeoides is called 'climbing hydrangea' as is the more common Hydrangea petiolaris, but today I'm really digging on the former (digging, as in 'liking'). They are both plants so vigorous that you can sit back and watch them grow. They flag only in the driest of conditions. But my Schizophragma is growing in 'soil' that could be packaged directly for use in a sand-box, and I have never given it supplemental water. Wow. It flowers a week or two later than its more common cousin, and the flower clusters are surrounded by white paddle-shaped bracts to bring in the pollinators. I'd pollinate that, thank you.

5 comments:

  1. I saw this plant for the first time in a shade garden on the Chelsea Garden walk last year and thought it was beautiful. I am glad to know that it likes sandy soil and doesn't need much extra water. I will definitely have to get one.

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  2. That is a really unusual plant. I think that it could make special nearly every house or garden.

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  3. This is the first time when I hear and read about such a plant! The plants are so vigorous, so that we can sit back and watch them grow. It's amazing!

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  4. Hortense is a beautiful plant that is able to decorate any place for its color and unique flavor.

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  5. This plant can easily decorate any tree or pillar in your garden that you would like to hide for the sake of beauty and greens.

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