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Hydrangea aspera 'Hot Chocolate'

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Distinctive lacecap hydrangea flowering all summer

Clusters of blooms up to 30cm (12in) across

Large shrub but with a neat habit ideal for borders

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This distinctive Lacecap Hydrangea is a robust, hardy shrub which will flower right through summer, producing pretty blooms up to 30cm (12") across. The showy flowers have violet-blue hearts and soft pink outer florets, and contrast wonderfully with the rich chocolate foliage. These unusual leaves produce a second display in autumn as they fade to deep green followed by amber and golden shades. This large, deciduous shrub has a neat habit and is an ideal border filler, requiring minimal care - even in poorer soils. Height and spread: 3m (10'). Supplied in 9cm pots.

Height Up to 300cm (119in)
Spread Up to 300cm (118in)

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2 hydrangea plants in 3.6 litre pots (V69204P)
1 hydrangea plant in 9cm pot (62562)
2 hydrangea plants in 9cm pots (62563)
1 hydrangea plant in 3.6 litre pot (V69203)

Hydrangea aspera prefers a sunny or semi shaded position, with shelter from cold, drying winds. Grow hydrangea plants in any rich fertile, moist soil. Improve the soil prior to planting by adding with plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost, ensuring that it is mixed in thoroughly and deeply. Alternatively plant in patio containers in soil based compost such as John Innes No. 3.
Water regularly until plants are fully established. Leave the faded hydrangea flower heads in place until the new buds swell in spring to protect the delicate buds from frost damage. Prune after flowering, reducing the stems to restrict their growth to the available space and to improve the shape of the plant. After pruning hydrangeas, apply a mulch of well rotted manure or compost around the base of the plant. Caution: Contact with hydrangea foliage may irritate the skin and eyes and all parts are harmful if eaten.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £4.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £6.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

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Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

Van Meuwen strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. Sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this, so regretfully we are unable to ship live plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3

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