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Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Climbing Hydrangea

The name Hydrangea, means “water vessel,” given for its cup-shaped seed capsules. A genus of diverse forms, Hydrangeas are commonly found throughout Asia, from the Hima­layas to Taiwan and Japan, with the exception of 2 species, Hydrangea arborescens and Hydrangea quercifolia, which are native to North America. Easily cultivated, this shrub’s lush deciduous leaves are best suited to loose, moist soil in the shade of tall trees or on the north side of the house.

<i>Hydrangea anomala ssp petiolaris</i>

Don’t be put off by the name; this climbing Hydrangea features broad white flower heads, reddish bark, and the glossiest leaves. It produces self-clinging, aerial roots that easily attach to just about anything: pergola, wall, fence or tree, and may need 10 years to reach its full height, but patience pays off with this spectacular deciduous specimen. Meanwhile, enjoy it on a north wall with an understory of Corydalis ‘Blue Panda’ and Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’. Large Band.

Blooms June–July

Size: 60' 0" – 80' 0" high x 0" & spreading wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Looking to add some botanical razzle-dazzle to a hohum shady recess? This mighty variegated vine, introduced by astute horticulturist Dan Banarcik of Chanticleer Gardens, may be your solution. Lustrous deeply serrated dark green leaves flaunt broad golden yellow margins in the spring, which later mellow to a refreshing chartreuse as the weather warms. Iced with lacy white flowers in early summer, the bright deciduous foliage makes a splendid cloak for faithful ‘Firefly’s upright climbing habit. Large Band. (pp#11,038)

Blooms June-July

Size: 30' 0" high x 0" & spreading wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

This sterling cultivar's lustrous, toothed greenery is dappled with choice cream-colored lacy blooms. A luminous standout amid eastward shadows, ‘Skylands Giant’ was selected at the New Jersey Botanical Garden in Skylands for its exceptionally large showy lacecaps, which feature soft-looking centers of tiny fertile flowers ringed by loosely arranged, larger white sterile florets. Large Band

Blooms June – July

Size: 30' 0" high x 0" & spreading wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Hailing from the Philippines and Taiwan, this climbing evergreen Hydrangea is seldom seen in cultivation. Rambling, red-hued, hairy stems sport pairs of lustrous elongated leaves, which are so exquisite, it’s easy to wait for the vine to establish itself and produce its intriguing rounded buds and pretty lacy white flowers. A stellar choice for a mild maritime climate or a sheltered wall.

Large Band.

Blooms August

Size: 25' 0" – 30' 0" high x 0" & spreading wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

Another rare evergreen climbing form, this vigorous Mexican Hydrangea is quite handsome with its leathery, very shiny, laurel-like dense growth of leaves. Pale green bracts enclose the flower bud, opening to reveal elegant, domed heads circled by a ring of large, white florets. It’s slightly tender, so let it climb over a sheltered wall.

Blooms July–mid-August

Size: 30' 0" high x 0" & spreading wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Climbing Hydrangea

The name Hydrangea, means “water vessel,” given for its cup-shaped seed capsules. A genus of diverse forms, Hydrangeas are commonly found throughout Asia, from the Hima­layas to Taiwan and Japan, with the exception of 2 species, Hydrangea arborescens and Hydrangea quercifolia, which are native to North America. Easily cultivated, this shrub’s lush deciduous leaves are best suited to loose, moist soil in the shade of tall trees or on the north side of the house.

<i>Hydrangea anomala ssp petiolaris</i>

Don’t be put off by the name; this climbing Hydrangea features broad white flower heads, reddish bark, and the glossiest leaves. It produces self-clinging, aerial roots that easily attach to just about anything: pergola, wall, fence or tree, and may need 10 years to reach its full height, but patience pays off with this spectacular deciduous specimen. Meanwhile, enjoy it on a north wall with an understory of Corydalis ‘Blue Panda’ and Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’. Large Band.

Blooms June–July

Size: 60' 0" – 80' 0" high x 0" & spreading wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Looking to add some botanical razzle-dazzle to a hohum shady recess? This mighty variegated vine, introduced by astute horticulturist Dan Banarcik of Chanticleer Gardens, may be your solution. Lustrous deeply serrated dark green leaves flaunt broad golden yellow margins in the spring, which later mellow to a refreshing chartreuse as the weather warms. Iced with lacy white flowers in early summer, the bright deciduous foliage makes a splendid cloak for faithful ‘Firefly’s upright climbing habit. Large Band. (pp#11,038)

Blooms June-July

Size: 30' 0" high x 0" & spreading wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

This sterling cultivar's lustrous, toothed greenery is dappled with choice cream-colored lacy blooms. A luminous standout amid eastward shadows, ‘Skylands Giant’ was selected at the New Jersey Botanical Garden in Skylands for its exceptionally large showy lacecaps, which feature soft-looking centers of tiny fertile flowers ringed by loosely arranged, larger white sterile florets. Large Band

Blooms June – July

Size: 30' 0" high x 0" & spreading wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Hailing from the Philippines and Taiwan, this climbing evergreen Hydrangea is seldom seen in cultivation. Rambling, red-hued, hairy stems sport pairs of lustrous elongated leaves, which are so exquisite, it’s easy to wait for the vine to establish itself and produce its intriguing rounded buds and pretty lacy white flowers. A stellar choice for a mild maritime climate or a sheltered wall.

Large Band.

Blooms August

Size: 25' 0" – 30' 0" high x 0" & spreading wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

Another rare evergreen climbing form, this vigorous Mexican Hydrangea is quite handsome with its leathery, very shiny, laurel-like dense growth of leaves. Pale green bracts enclose the flower bud, opening to reveal elegant, domed heads circled by a ring of large, white florets. It’s slightly tender, so let it climb over a sheltered wall.

Blooms July–mid-August

Size: 30' 0" high x 0" & spreading wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

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Colorful Crocosmias!

Crocosmias pack a punch of late summer color as our gardens transition into autumn. Their clustered tubular flowers populate the ends of gracefully arching spikes, which emerge from handsome sword-like foliage. Ranging from yellow, peach and orange to fiery red, their prismatic shades look exceptional with white flowering perennials such as Phlox ‘David’, Selinum wallichianum and Aster ‘Bridal Veil’, as well as the blue blossoms of Aconitum, Agapanthus ‘Storm Cloud’ or Aster ‘Twilight’. For fun you could create a hot border, blending them with Kniphofia, Helenium, Salvia and even other Crocosmia, plus be sure to include some in your next bouquet. Commonly referred to as Montbretia and hardy to Zone 6, they appreciate, good drainage, adequate water and some shade in scorching summer sun. Please feel free to check out our extensive collection of Crocosmia cultivars in the perennial section of our online catalog.

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At this point in the season, some areas in our gardens may appear a tad worn or lackluster. If you haven’t already done so, you may wish to cut back a few tired looking perennials, such as the Nepetas or Geraniums, so you can enjoy a fresh flourish of growth plus more blooms. Adequate moisture and an additional application of compost will also ensure late summer vigor. Incorporating plants that provide a bounty of flowers and alluring leaves in August and September helps buoy our spirits, and hopefully even inspire a little awe as we approach fall. Though the plants featured in this newsletter either promote a bold statement or possess more refined aspects, they equally caught my eye and made me pause to take a closer look. Perhaps they’ll spark a wondrous moment for you as well. All of us Digging Dog plant wranglers wish you Happy Digging!

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