The oak leafed hydrangea has to be one of the most beautiful of the hydrangeas and also one of the most beautiful shrubs. In my garden in Wandsworth my hydrangea has sat in a reasonably difficult corner of my garden and has quietly climbed up to quite a height (well over 6 foot) and has produced the most incredible pendulous flowers year after year. They can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs, or self-clinging climbers, with flowers in white clusters which turn a soft brown in autumn. They seem to be able to take quite shady, dry conditions but equally will handle quite a bit of afternoon sun. Keep well watered however.
My hydrangea earlier in the summer
My hydrangea mid summer
My hydrangea early in the Autumn
My hydrangea late September
And now (at the end of September) it’s really showing off – the leaves are going red!