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Kirengeshoma palmata yellow waxbells — 25 Comments

  1. You’ve answered a few questions I had about this plant Alistair. Mine struggles a bit and I suspected it was in a spot that got too windy. It’s still young and not making much of a specimen but you’ve confirmed that this will take time.
    Useful post. Like the wee walkway, it would look pretty with the spring bulbs you’ve got planned.

  2. Alistair this is quite a plant. We have a smaller delicate Uvularia perfoliata which has yellow bell-like flowers. I adore your woodland path and your plans of the bluebells and daffs…and of course the vines. I look forward to seeing the walkway and all your gardens as they develop….you continue to inspire me!

  3. Kirengoshoma is an underrated and underused shade plane. You have highlighted all its good qualities. Even before it blooms it has a commanding presence in the garden like a medium-sized shrub. I can’t figure out how K. palmata and K. koreana differ and think they are confused in the trade.

    • Hello Carolyn, Carol Klein says Koreana is a bigger plant with flowers not quite as graceful as Palmata, and these plants were once listed as belonging to the Saxifragaceae family but now it has been decided they belong to the genus Hydrangeaceae. She also suggests she has doubts as to whether either is correct.

  4. Hello, Alistair! Kirengoshoma has been on my list for a while. The leaves are impressive, and the flowers are a wonderful bonus. I have the perfect place in my woodland garden for one, if only I could find one to buy. I prefer local sources, but sometimes I end up ordering from the internet, which is not always a successful experience.

  5. Good to see your comment, Al. Looks a tad bit mushy to me in the walkway I’d say and it looks more like a thicket than a woodland.
    Looked back at your Aberdeen review from last year, wow! you must miss that garden. Later gator!

  6. I’ve coveted waxbells for ages and still don’t have one. It is prized by knowledgeable gardeners here, because it is one of the most interesting and dramatic plants for shade. I am redoing the Woodland Walk this year and intend to buy one if I can find it. Your woodland path will look great with English bluebells, a favorite of mine. P. x

    • Definitely a plant worth trying Pam. I intend making something of the woodland walk and at sometime I will show that further down on the South side of the walk it leads to a true woodland area with a river running through it.

  7. Hi Alistair, I grow Kirengeshoma at the base of a silver birch where, once it was established, it has done well. Like your experiences in Aberdeen in an early winter it does not get to flower although this is rare, the other problem is that in some years the lower foliage gets very badly eaten, although this does not look like typical slug damage I have never found anything on it so have had to put it down to slugs in the end.

  8. Well that looks to me like a piece of woodland! It’s the feeling that matters, isn’t it? I love those yellow waxbells, I think I’ve seen them at the Amsterdam Arboretum, those maple-like leaves really impressed me but the thing that impressed me even more is that this plant is from the hydrangea family, it’s surprising, isn’t it?

  9. I love visiting your blog, Alistair, because you always feature plants I’ve never seen before. What a gorgeous woodland plant! I like the leaves on it, too. What a striking woodpecker you have! Beautiful bird! Woodpeckers are my favorites 🙂

  10. Hi Alistair,
    Thank you for visiting my blog.
    I got Kirengeshoma seeds this winter and plan to seed them later on. If I manage to get some to grow, I will have to prepare a special spot for them in the garden as the soil is alkaline. Making a fair size hole and filling it with compost should do it.

  11. Hello Alistair, keep it coming with the woodland plant suggestions! This is another one for me to add to the list, I’ve never heard of Yellow Waxbells before, but there are several places in the garden it might find a good home in. I look forward to your planting up of the woodland path areas with Montana, Honeysuckle and spring bulbs, it should look fantastic when established!

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