I love climbing hydrangea but I don’t think I could handle this kind of exuberance. Spotted at the Dunn Gardens, Seattle.


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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at yahoo.com


  1. There’s one like that at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden south of Seattle. they like it here.

  2. Very impressive. My favorite will always be the one at Skylands Botanical Garden in NJ. It is climbing the front of a big tudor mansion with a Schizophragma on the other side of the door.

  3. I love these too, but that’s a good picture to show someone who thinks it can grow on a 5′ fence and then stop. They can and will take over the world if given the opportunity. :c)

  4. My climbing Hydrangia is old, I got it from White Flower Farm, back in the day when they were one of the few places that offered it. It is on the detached 2 car brick garage. If I let it, it would eat the garage. Each year I trim out a pick-up truck load and it doesn’t even phase it. For a few years it was the japanese beetles’ choice for consumption (one of the few times I resorted to bug spray. I sprayed the hydrangia and the beetles dropped, sounding like the patter of rain. It was a joyous sound). They stripped it of its leaves in July, it came right back.

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