Rough-leaved hydrangea

Hydrangea aspera Villosa Group

Rough-leaved hydrangea - Hydrangea aspera  Villosa Group

Common Name: Rough-leaved hydrangea
Genus: Hydrangea
Species: aspera
Cultivar: Villosa Group

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Good for wildlife

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 4.00 m (400 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 4.00 m (400 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue, Purple
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: August & September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

  • At close range the coarse hairy dark green leaves of this hydrangea belie its quiet beauty. In August flattened heads of tightly packed blue purple flowers are surrounded by mauve florets that seem to glow as the light fades. This deciduous shrub has a naturally rounded form and the flowers are long-lasting and attractive to bees and butterflies. It makes an elegant statement towards the back of a partly shady border particularly when planted with other hydrangeas.

  • Garden care: Hydrangeas do not like to dry out. In dry weather soak the roots with a hose and the plant will usually recover. Remove faded flowerheads in spring after the danger of frosts, cutting back the flowered stems to a strong pair of buds. Take out misplaced or diseased shoots. Mulch young plants with a well-rotted manure or compost in spring. Once established remove a quarter to a third of the shoots to the base of the plant.
  • Goes well with:Hosta 'Halcyon', Hedera hibernica 'Sagittifolia', Pulmonaria officinalis 'Sissinghurst White', Brunnera macrophylla, Helleborus orientalis, Galanthus nivalis.


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