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Climbing Hydrangea

coppersendcoppersend Posts: 52
Hi Everyone

Hoping someone can give me some advice.
I would like to plant a Climbing Hydrangea near  my front door
I've tried sweet peas nasturtiums and other small climbers

but would really like to plant a climbing Hydrangea.
Not sure if the planter is big enough
(See Photo)

My problem is under that area I have a manhole cover which I need to gain access to
on occasions  so I cant stand anything too big or heavy.

I do have some wooden planters but if I plant a climber in them I wont be able to move the planter to gain access to the cover.

Can you help and advise please.

should I consider a bigger planter to fix to the wall ???
what type of Hydrangea would be suitable.



  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 4,211
    That planter is way too small to accomodate the roots of a climbing hydrangea. 
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • Don't want to put you off, but here is my climbing hydrangea, been there a few year, and it clings to the wall, love it
  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
     H. petiolaris is not evergreen, slow growing to start with then once it gets going will spread up to 8m wide and 12m high so not really suitable for a pot.

  • coppersendcoppersend Posts: 52
    Many thanks everyone for your replies
    I am going to have a rethink
    On what I can put there instead

    Looking for a good climber with a shallow root system
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,817
    I think you'll struggle to find one, coppersend. Big climbers need enough room for roots to support the top growth, so it rules out most of them apart from annuals, and even then, that trough isnt enough. Even ivy would struggle to make any size in it.
    There's certainly no chance of growing the lovely petiolaris in something that size. They need a decent wall, and a decent footing,  to show themselves in all their glory.
    Lovely pic of yours, w.w.ann  :)

    The planter below might be ok for something as it looks a reasonable volume. What sort of size is it?
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • coppersendcoppersend Posts: 52
    Thank you Fairygirl for you kind message
    The planter below would be big enough
    BUT I can't put a climber in it because
    The manhole cover  to my drains  are below
    If I put a climber in that planter and need to get to my drains
    I would have to cut the climber down
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,817
    edited May 2019
    Apologies - I think you put that info in your opening post. D'oh!
    Could you opt for something shrubby instead in that? That would give you a bit of height instead of using a climber. You could add more troughs for extra cover and colour.

    If you can get some wheels/castors on the planter, you'd be able to shift it more easily perhaps. I had a similar issue in a previous house, although it wasn't against a wall, It did mean teh planter was easier to move if necessary.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,689
    The solution might be a planter with trellis attached to it at the back, rather than attached to the wall. (I've seen kits for this at Aldi, although there are probably better ones out there). But this would be no good for a self clinging climber like Hydrangea which would stick to your wall. Might work with a small clematis etc.

    Make it as big as you, or you + a burly neighbour or relative, can drag to one side if you need to access the drain.
    "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour". 
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