The Climbing Hydrangea is a long-lived perennial vine. This vine can climb up fences, walls, and trellis or can be used as ground cover. However, the white flowers will only be produced if the vine is able to climb. Climbing Hydrangea does best in aquatic to slightly dry conditions with partial to full shade. While it is not salt tolerant, the climbing hydrangea will grow in both loam and sand as long as the pH is neutral to slightly acidic. In the wild this plant is found in the woods, swamps and river banks. In Florida, it is most suitable for zones 8A, 8B, 9A and 9B.