Close cousins of climbing hydrangeas, the Schizophragma are less well known, yet they are beautiful and vigorous climbers which bloom spectacularly. Clinging to a support, they can be planted at the foot of a wall or tree in a shady or part shady position (or in a sheltered sunny spot).
In late spring and early summer, large inflorescences of small fragrant white flowers appear. These are surrounded by large pink sepals. Vines can form up to 20-25cm wide. A beautiful plant with heart shaped leaves, that reaches 6-8m/19-26ft if left untrimmed. It should be grown in a fresh humus rich soil in a shady position if possible.