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Thought to be a hybrid between H. paniculata and H. heteromalla, this is apparent in the flower heads which visually sit between the two, being broad relatively flattened complex inflorescences with white ray flowers liberally interspersed between the fertile florets; the whole soon turning pink. A rounded fairly small plant to only 1.5m tall. Tough and tolerant.
Hydrangea 'Early Sensation' (new)
An early flowering form with deep-red stems which looks to be a hybrid between H. paniculata and H. heteromalla. Short, flattened, conical flower heads turn from white to rich pink in summer. The sterile and fertile florets are equally dispersed on the profuse inflorescences. A large shrub, though can be pruned hard for a smaller effect. Easy and hardy.
Hydrangea 'Garden House Glory'
A new hybrid, first released here. A cross between H. macrophylla and H. serrata, this makes a small shrub to about 1.3m, wider than tall. Foliage emerges red tinted and gives excellent autumn colour. The flowers are a glowing red and of lacecap form. Happy in sun or semi-shade and very hardy.
Hydrangea 'Glyn Church'
A fine new form, making a small to medium sized shrub bearing mopheads composed of large white florets with frilly edges, which turn progressively more red stained as the season progresses.
Although appearing to be an H. macrophylla, this is actually a hybrid with H. serrata. Makes a low bushy plant to about 1m high, bearing densely packed mopheads composed of white florets with conspicuous red margins. Foliage emerges heavily stained claret-red. Even attractive in bud. The H. serrata parent is 'Kiyosumi'. Enjoys a half shaded position.
A compact and rounded bush of small to medium size with small mopheads in a lovely shade of red, even on acid soils. Immature sepals are cream with pink edges and mature to bright red. Excellent, distinct and suited to both ground or container cultivation.
Foliage emerges with deep red tints and the outer florets of the otherwise white lacecap flowers are rimmed with red. Makes a rounded shrub to about 1.5m. Although listed as a H. macrophylla, this obviously has some H. serrata 'Kiyosumi' blood.
A distinct, rarely seen or grown species from the Far East, making a deciduous shrub to 1.5m tall with very slim, willow-like, dark-green, toothed leaves, and lacecaps with white outer florets surrounding soft yellow fertile florets, the outer florets turning yellower as they age. For a semi-shaded position in any fairly reasonable soil; best with a humusy mulch.
Hydrangea angustipetala 'Golden Crane'
A selected form of this distinct species from the Far East, making a deciduous shrub 1 to 1.5m tall with very slim, willow-like, dark-green, toothed leaves. Fragrant lacecaps with white outer florets surrounding soft yellow fertile florets, the outer florets turning yellower as they age, from spring onwards. For a semi-shaded position in any fairly reasonable soil.
Hydrangea angustipetala f. macrosepala
A distinct, rarely seen or grown species from the Far East, making a deciduous shrub to 1.5m tall with very slim, willow-like, dark-green, toothed leaves. In this form lacecaps with fewer, particularly large, white, frilly edged outer florets surround soft yellow fertile florets. For a semi-shaded position in any fairly reasonable soil; best with a humusy mulch.
Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'
Similar to H. arborescens 'Grandiflora', differing in the slightly smaller florets making up the bigger globular heads of creamy-white flowers, borne from July to September. Prune hard in spring for gigantic heads of flower. A very hardy deciduous shrub reaching about 1.5m, for any reasonable soil in sun or semi-shade. Drought tolerant.
Hydrangea arborescens subsp. radiata 'Samantha'
A new form, combining bright white undersides to the leaves, typical of the subspecies radiata, with fully sterile cream-white flower heads, like subspecies discolor 'Sterilis'. The inflorescences are smaller than 'Annabelle' and so avoid the flopping sometimes associated with that cultivar. A hardy, tough, medium sized deciduous shrub for sun or semi-shade.
Hydrangea aspera 'Bellevue'
A magnificent new, triploid, giant, French form, from the garden of the same name. A cross between subsp. sargentiana and 'Macrophylla', this looks like the former, but with the intensity of flower colour of the latter and with bigger inflorescences than either. This enjoys a little shade, where it will reach up to a magnificent 4m in ideal conditions. Awesome.
Hydrangea aspera 'Elegant Sound Pavilion' (new)
Newly available, this is a most unusual mop-head form of the species found by Dan Hinkley on Emei Shan, Sichuan, China and named for the Buddhist temple near where it was discovered. The flower heads emerge in late summer with chartreuse (green) tones, turning to creamy-white and then going over to lime-green. Hardy, but perhaps not as a baby.
Hydrangea aspera 'Farrell' (new)
A very distinct cultivar, making a smaller shrub to about 1.8m and one of the earliest clones to flower, in early July with me. Masses of lacecaps in lilac pink surrounded by palest pink outer florets. Rarely encountered though fully hardy.
Hydrangea aspera 'Koki'
A splendid new intro from Japan, with deep purple-red new foliage, expanding to a deep dusky purple-red-green above and red below. Leaves are fairly broad. Large lacecaps of purplish-pink fertile flowers surrounded by pale-pink ray florets. Proven hardy in Europe, with a slightly deeper colour in leaf than 'Gongshan'.
Hydrangea aspera 'Macrophylla'
One of the most magnificent Hydrangeas, becoming quite a large shrub over time with large roughly hairy leaves and huge domed lacecap heads of porcelain blue flowers surrounded by a ring of pure white sterile florets in July. This colour will not be affected by soil alkalinity. To about 2m x 2m with me in 10 yrs. Absolutely gorgeous.
Hydrangea aspera 'Mauvette'
A very attractive compact form still not commonly seen, making a medium sized spreading shrub covered in lacecap heads of uniform mauvey-lilac in July. A soft and more subtle effect than other forms. Leaves fairly large and rough to the touch. Flower colour stays constant on all soils.
Hydrangea aspera 'Peter Chappell'
A very rare pure white compact form, named after that bloke from Hampshire. Lovely wide lacecaps in summer on a medium sized deciduous shrub, with large-ish hairy leaves. Any reasonable soil.
Hydrangea aspera 'Sam Macdonald'
A selection of villosa with lacecaps of lilac-blue with a certain wash of pink tinge and the usual softly hairy leaves. Will make a medium sized deciduous shrub. Flower colour will stay the same on acid or alkaline soils. Any reasonable soil, but at its best with a semi-shaded or reasonably sheltered site. Hardy, superb.
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