Species - aspera

Native of China,Taiwanand theHimalayas, this species is vary variable in the size the plants, leaves and the flower colour.  They all have large, rough, hairy leaves and hairy stems.  The largest and roughest was known as sub species sargentiana, but this one is now recognized as a separate species.  They have flat flower heads made up of a central area of fertile florets and the colour of these may vary from wishy-washy blue to an intense deep blue depending on the form or cultivar.  The fertile florets are surrounded by mauve sterile florets.  Some excellent cultivars have been bred recently such as ‘Anthony Bulivard and Sam McDonald’

aspera ‘Bellvue’  (Mme Lemonnier)

aspera ‘Bellvue’ (Mme Lemonnier)

Bed U: plant 40   Named after the French garden: ‘Jardin-de-Bellevue’.  With broad flat shinny dark green leaves and small heads of flat white flowers UK Plant Finder 2012... Read more
aspera ‘Gong Shan’

aspera ‘Gong Shan’

Bed U: Plant 38 Collected wild from Gong Shan in China   Fuller description and photo to follow when our plant flowers;   Our plant was obtained from Pan... Read more
aspera ‘Hot Chocolate’

aspera ‘Hot Chocolate’

Bed U: Plant 39 Hydrangea aspera Hot Chocolate is a new variety with large large lacecap flowers. Around the edge of each flower heads are attractive pink blossoms, and in... Read more