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When we added on our master bedroom, a relocated and repurposed chicken coop, its backside wall was an unremarkable canvas.

Flanking one side of the stone pathway that serves as the thoroughfare to our main entry, the back door, I wanted to add visual interest.  Knowing that I didn’t have a tremendous amount of space between the house and the walkway to work with, I knew that I needed, and wanted, to go vertical.

Transplanted from the side of our barn about 10 years ago, this climbing hydrangea has elevated that ho hum wall into an eye catching thing of beauty.

Trained on rigged branches that have been nailed strategically, coaxing it to where I wanted it to grow, it has become exactly the showstopper that I was hoping it would be.

In spring, the vines are blanketed with lush green leaves.  Summer brings magnificent lace cap blooms that the bees and butterflies just can’t resist.  Come autumn, the leaves turn golden yellow and eventually drop, exposing the beautiful peeling bark of the vines, adding interest and texture to the wall in winter.

I wanted to add just little bit of pretty, but got a whole lot of gorgeous!

Happy gardening!

Love, Nora


  1. Judy Whitmore on July 21, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Gorgeous indeed. Would love to see the under pinning of branches in the winter.

  2. Janie on July 21, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Nora, how beautiful. I so love receiving your posts, following your blog and drooling over your magazine. I do believe we are kindred spirits. My brother, Greg Owen met you several years ago with Ethan Allen. He spoke of how very gifted and talented you were and suggested I follow you with social media. What a wonderful gift he gave me.

    Can you share the name of this beauty of a climbing hydrangea?

    I have a cousin, Alecia Evans who lives in New Preston on Lake Road. Alecia’s gardens were featured in the April 2014 Victoria Bliss issue. When I come up from NC to visit, I would love to drive by your lovely home to admire. You have impeccable taste and such a beautiful approach to living a life that matters.

    Thanks for sharing all the beauties he has given us.

    Janie Foltz
    Winston Salem, NC

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