I was helping out on the Plant Heritage stall at RHS Chatsworth on 6 June
. Plant Heritage provide the framework for our National Collection of Hydrangea paniculata. In my break I wandered around the stall and found this very unusual macrophylla with petals (or sepals to give them their correct name) the same colour as the leaves. It has been bred in Germany and potted on at Golden Hill Nursery in Kent. It’s sitting in my bath at the moment until I can get it into the Hydrangea Derby nursery to be planted out in Autumn. Golden Hill don’t know how it will mature, whether it will take on a pink or blue tone, so it will be interesting to see what it makes of itself. We’ll keep you posted.