Seventeen years ago we removed five, mature, hundred plus foot tall White Pines from the back yard. That created lots of new gardening space and I was able to add the third terrace to our large perennial border on the hill. I'd seen a climbimg hydrangea on a garden tour and decided to plant one at the foot of our mature oak tree at the corner of the terrace garden.
Well, it was pretty slow to get started in the beginning and didn't produce any flowers for five years or so but gardening is all about waiting isn't it? As the years went by the vine went from creeping to leaping and now cloaks the oak (he he he, couldn't help myself) to a height of fifty feet! And it's such a beauty.
In spring when the fresh leaves emerge and the blossoms smother the tree it can take your breath away but my very favorite time with this beauty is its fall glory. The leaves turn brilliant glowing yellow and add to the glorious fall colors of the season.