This site is for people who like plants -- growers, enthusiasts, aesthetes, novices and professionals, those who appreciate wild things and those who appreciate the cultivated. I garden in Chelsea, and I've been visiting people's yards for 20+ years in the course of my work. My goal is to make this blog a community project, so if you share my interests, please consider becoming a participant and contributing content -- Guerin. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.