Vertical Gardening

jclay321(Z6 NY)May 16, 2013

Thought I'd share a recent successful experiment. I was able to train a climbing hydranea up a tree. An old oak tree is a wonderful support. It's a great solution if you don't have a trellis or room for one. Takes a few seasons to take off, but this is my second year and it is climbing on its own. Yeah.

Here is a link that might be useful: My Oak Tree Support

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Congratulations! How high is the oak tree's canopy if one measures it from the ground up? Just a guesstimate... to put things in perspective.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2013 at 5:50PM
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Actually, growing climbing hydrangeas up trees is a long established method. It is a far superior growing surface to any sort of trellis - these are not exactly trellis-suited climbers :-) Any sort of wide, rough textured surface works well - a good sized tree trunk, wooden fence, masonary walls, cedar/wood siding, brick chimneys, etc. Something that provides enough purchase for the rootlets to adhere to.

If you check Google images for "hydrangea petolaris", you will see a number of photos of this climber growing up trees.

Here is a link that might be useful: images of climbing hydrangea

    Bookmark   May 17, 2013 at 2:12PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Martha Stewart talked about her climbing hydrangeas in a recent blog where she said she was forced to cut down the trees after Storm Sandy.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2013 at 10:42PM
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