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 ‘Mauvette’ ( c1983)

Bed M: Plant 22 Not as large as most cultivars.  With deep blue fertile florets and pure mauve sterile florets. UKPlant Finder: 2012 = 11 Nurseries Read more
aspera ‘Peter Chappell’

aspera ‘Peter Chappell’

Bed U: Plant 38 A beautiful plant and quite different from most aspera cultivars.  The ‘Head Gardner Plants Nursery’ say  “This rare & choice hydrangea is named after a dear... Read more
aspera ‘Rocklon’

aspera ‘Rocklon’

Bed U: Plant 40 An attractive cultivar with wide spread flower heads giving a graceful air.  The blue fertile flowers have short blue stamens surrounded by the sterile florets... Read more