Hydrangea aspera are native to the Himalayas through to Taiwan. Deciduous and growing to 6ft (2m) it is characterised by large lacecap flower heads with inner small flowers and a ring of larger flowers. Also known as the rough leaved hydrangea.
Hardy to Zone 7 Hydrangea aspera prefer a humus rich moist well drained soil and are naturally found in a woodland setting. Part shade or dappled shade is best with protection from afternoon sun.
- Hydrangea aspera macrophylla is characterised by large foliage.
- Hydrangea aspera strigosa is another "lace-cap" that has violet centre flowers and ring paler outer petals. More tolerant of sun that others with naturally drooping foliage.
- Hydrangea aspera sargentiana has large foliage and will grow to 9ft (3m).
- Hydrangea aspera villosa has course ( hairy) dark green foliage and an attractive flat flower head.