A really lovely hardy shrub or small tree for full sun or light shade. Bears fragrant creamy white flowers in September followed by vivid red seed capsules. Interesting grey 'cracked' bark in mature examples, hence the alternative name of 'ribbon bark'. H:3m+
Bushy deciduous shrub with lobed leaves and masses of large, single, pure white flowers from mid- to late-summer. Grow in a sheltered part of the garden, preferably facing south or south west with shelter from cold northerly winds, in rich, moist but well drained soil; happy on chalky soil. Fully hardy and growing to about 2m.
Deciduous shrub. Flowering late in the summer. Interesting mop head cream flowers which turn pink-purple in late summer. Striking autumn foliage colour. Shade and reasonably moist soil for best results. H:1.5m
A beautiful hydrangea bearing large creamy-white spherical flowerheads in summer with attractive lime green leaves. Prefers partial shade and moister soils - if in doubt, add plenty of organic matter when planting and mulch generously each spring. Fully hardy. If desired, cut hard each spring to encourage fresh flowering stems and to control overall size. RHS AGM H+W: 1.5m.
Striking and very beautiful medium-sized shrub suitable for partial shade. Large blue-green and softly velvety leaves up to 30 cm long. Violet-pink and white sterile flowers in a large heads 20cm across in mid-late summer. Will perform best in cool and lightly shaded conditions, preferably on moister soils. A generous spring mulch could be beneficial. Hardy to -15C. H: 2m
Mop-head hydrangea. Great garden plant especially in a cooler or shadier spot. This variety has large white flowers tinged pink and is considerd the best white in the Hortensia hydrangea group. Fully hardy. H: 1.2m
A fine example of the classic 'mop-headed' hydrangeas, raised in 1870 and noted for nearly black stems and cream flowers that fade to rose pink. Best in dappled shade and reasonably moist conditions. Fully hardy. H: about 1.2m
Vigorous deciduous shrub with glossy leaves and large panicles of creamy sterile flowers and pinkish fertile flowers in late summer; best in moist soil and partial shade. Cut back in early spring. H: 2-3m
Much improved form of paniculate hydrangea, producing very large panicles of pure-white flowers from mid-summer to early autumn on strong and upright stems. Produces a succession of long-lived flower heads. Easy to grow, prefering cool and lightly shaded conditions. Fully hardy. Height: 3m and spread: 2m, depending on pruning regime.
Very attractive late flowering deciduous shrub. Large greeny- white flower panicles in late summer-autumn, later changing to pink. Prune old wood hard early in the season to grow a more comapct plant, or leave alone to establish a larger specimen. Prefers partial shade. Hardy. H:90cm to 1.5m depending on pruning regime.