Hydrangea aspera 'Hot Chocolate'

A fabulous and exciting new hydrangea flowers from pale and dusky pink through to deep blue-mauve, which glow at dusk. More
1 x 3 litre pot 511392-3L £22.95

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A fabulous, exciting and new hydrangea with a lot going for it. Its lace-cap flowers cover a spectrum of colour from pale and dusky pink through to deep blue-mauve, and they glow beautifully with a blue haze at dusk.

The flower colour is consistent on any soil – they're not pH dependent. Its large, pointed, felted leaves have a chocolate-brown reverse, providing interest before flowering. Hydrangea Aspera will perform well in a north-facing or shaded spot and on any soil.

Genus Hydrangea
Group/Species aspera
Variety Hot Chocolate
Type Shrub
Border Position Border (Back)
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Unscented
Site Part Shade
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 2.1m (7ft)
Spacing 2.4m (8ft)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Plant in a cool, semi-shady part of the garden. Avoid exposed east-facing sites, where cold winds may damage young spring growth. Dry sunny spots are also best avoided. Work plenty of organic matter into the soil prior to planting and sprinkle mycorrhizal fungi into the base of the planting hole, firm in and water well until established.
Care Tips Provide shelter from cold winds. Pruning group one - this needs very little pruning and in most cases are best left to their own devices. They do not send out vigorous shoots that need curbing. Remove diseased, damaged congested or crossing shoots. Shoots that are growing in unwanted directions can also be pruned out. These plants flower on previous or current year's growth.
Flowering June - September
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest

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Plant Delivery - When in stock, please allow up to 3-4 weeks for despatch. For fruit & veg bare roots/crowns, please allow up to 2 weeks for despatch.

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Hydrangea aspera 'Hot Chocolate' reviews

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Reviewed 15th October 2019 by Margaret

Quality plant and very prompt delivery

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Mrs Webb

The plant was very weak and never picked up, eventually dying, which was a great shame as I was looking forward to seeing it flower.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Margaret

Unfortunately despite planting immediately with root powder the plant appears dead! I also find the fact that I am unable to select a chosen delivery day ( even if I was willing to pay extra) and the fact that our postman refuses to leave the plants in a safe place if I am out means I run the risk to plants being returned to the sorting office to sit all weekend.