Here are two hydrangeas that I wouldn’t want to be without. They all make fine shrubs for use in dappled shade and this particular favorite H. aspera ‘Villosa Group’ is useful for screening. It’s one of the largest hydrangeas and if left un-pruned will reach 3m tall and 3m wide making it great for hiding sheds or unsightly views. The velvet leaves emerge in early spring followed in summer by the lacecap flowers which are composed of white (with a hint of soft lilac) florets. It’s in flower for weeks and adds a layer of interest at a height that can then be under planted with shorter shrubs to extend a season.
This one is the lovely white Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Madame Emile Mouilliere’. It’s a gorgeous shrub to grow in woodlands but is also a manageable size for a shady border in most gardens. It grows to a height and spread of 1.2m and combines brilliantly with ferns and hellebores. The pure white mopheads last for weeks when cut for the house.
These I cut this morning but last year I bought two more plants in order to have some for the house and more for the garden where they will flower for months on end.