Hydrangea species in flower.

Last autumn we pruned and removed a lot of “seedling” trees from the west terrace. This created a great planting opportunity. Taking inspiration from some newly exposed Rhododendron falconeri I sourced some large leaved rhododendron species from Glendoick in Scotland to add to the existing Rhodos. I under planted these with a mixture of wild collected Hydrangea species from Crug farm nursery in Wales.

In the collection we have Hydrangea heteromalla (white flowers) from both Vietnam and Nepal to compare the two forms. Also there are Hydrangea serrata thunbergii ‘Plena’ (small pink flowers) from Japan, Hydrangea aspera Kawakamii (Large purple flowers) from Taiwan and Hydrangea longipes (lilac-blue) from china to name but a few.

Apart from fitting in with the Asiatic theme all plants have been chosen for foliage as well as flower with the emphasis on late flowering if possible helping to add interest in the garden from early summer well into the autumn.