Hydrangea aspera subsp. ‘Sargentiana’ or Sargent hydrangea
H. aspera subsp. sargentiana is an upright medium-sized deciduous shrub of open habit, with peeling bark and large, velvety ovate leaves. Flowers in large flat heads, purple or blue, surrounded by white ray florets. This a really beautiful, graceful shrub, often overlooked, but don’t because it is so lovely…
It fills a space in a border tolerating full sun or partial shade and will take all aspects including sheltered or exposed. It likes moist but well-drained soil.
It grows to 1.5 – 2.5 in height and reaches 1.5 – 2.5 metres in spread.
Grow in city/courtyard gardens, cottage/informal garden or flower borders and beds.
Good combination: Hydrangea aspera subsp. ‘Sargentiana’, Macleaua x Kewensis ‘Kelway’s Coral Plume’ and Euphorbia characias ‘Silver Swan’
Hydrangea villosa subsp. ‘Sargentiana’ with Euphorbia characias ‘Silver Swan’ photographed by Caroline Garland