Hydrangeas are perfect garden shrubs that can attract pollinators and add beauty, color and interest to any landscape. With romantic, rustic aesthetics and hundreds of styles to choose from, you will definitely fall in love with at least one type. Hydrangeas vary in height from a few feet to 8 to 10 feet in height and width, so they are also suitable for being placed in pots in a balcony garden or as part of a garden bed. Once established, they can thrive in almost any climate from the USDA hardiness zone 3 to 9 (find your hardiness zone here). Make sure to choose the one that suits your area.
Hydrangeas begin to bloom from early summer to midsummer, depending on the type, and the blooms last until autumn. In many parts of the country, faded flowers will remain on the plants, providing winter fun in your otherwise bare garden. Hydrangea can also make good cut flowers or dried flowers. Although many people believe that hydrangeas can only grow in shade, most types require at least four hours of sunlight to bloom. In warm climates, they prefer the shade in the afternoon to protect them from the scorching heat. They like soil that is well-drained-never wet-but can tolerate many different types from sandy to clay. To make your garden more rounded, plant hydrangea on companion plants with similar needs.
Here is additional knowledge about what to grow with hydrangeas and how to care for these gorgeous shrubs:
There are five basic types, including large leaves, panicles, smooth, mountain and oak leaves. There is also a climbing hydrangea, which climbs up a wall or a large lattice, and displays amazingly when it matures a few years later. Each type has its own charm, with different colors, flower shapes and sizes. In order to facilitate care, it is not much better than the ear shape. The Oakleaf type provides a deep red leaf color in autumn. Big leaves and mountains need shade in the afternoon, otherwise they may wither. Read the plant label or description before buying to understand the needs of the plant.
The idea of companion planting is part folklore and part science. It is based on the theory that certain plants help other plants to better absorb nutrients, attract beneficial pollinators, or like the same growing conditions so that they grow well together. In the case of hydrangea, plants that prefer similar light and humidity levels are mainly selected.
Much depends on the mature size of each plant. If you plant them too close, they will interfere with each other’s growth. Therefore, they are not exquisitely shaped plants that exhibit their natural form, but rather compete and grow with each other to form jagged branches without leaves or flowers. It can be planted in clusters or groups, but keep each plant at a distance of about one mature width from other plants. In other words, if a plant grows to 3 feet wide at maturity, keep it at least away from where the next plant is placed.
It may now be just a small 4-inch flower pot or a quart-sized container, but in a few years, your hydrangea will reach its mature size. As mentioned above, plant it at least one plant’s width away from the house. But also make sure it will get some sunlight, because hydrangea in a cool place (without direct sunlight) will not bloom well.
Dogwoods are medium-sized trees with beautiful spring flowers and interesting bark, so they are an excellent backdrop for the small shrubs planted in the front. They will also provide shade for hydrangeas that need to avoid the afternoon sun.
Myrtle is a large shrub and can also be pruned into more tree shapes. They have various shades of pink or purple flowers, which are cute and gorgeous, so they go well with most hydrangeas. When trained into a tree shape, they can provide shade for the hydrangeas in the afternoon.
The spherical evergreen trees provide interesting and year-round colors, while contrasting with their round and lace texture and the more free feeling of hydrangea shrubs. Look for those that stay round without trimming.
Cranesbill, also called perennial geranium, is a little-known plant that blooms from spring to autumn. It grows into a beautiful mound shape, with delicate flowers “hovering” on the leaves like a butterfly. This perennial plant can tolerate sunlight or shade, so it is an excellent choice for planting in front of or under larger specimens of hydrangea.
Hostas come in many different colors, shapes and sizes, from a few inches wide to 6 feet wide. They mainly need shade, but perform best in the morning sun, so they are ideal companion plants for hydrangeas, which like the same conditions.
These pink, purple, or white flowering shrubs produce beautiful flowers in spring, like hydrangeas, and they like half-day conditions, making them good companions for planting. Look for the color of the dwarf to reopen the breed for a few months.
Ornamental grasses provide contrast in texture and color for hydrangeas. Some types are like partial suns, like hydrangea. Plant them on the edge of the front sidewalk or in clusters to provide interest in the mixed boundary.
Not every flower must be in full bloom throughout the season. Plant spring-flowering bulbs under hydrangeas; they will bloom before the bushes grow leaves, and hydrangeas will cover up faded bulb leaves.
This hardy, hilly perennial plant has beautiful purple, pink, or white flower spikes. It needs about 4 to 6 hours of sunlight a day, and pollinators like them. They are very suitable for gathering in front of short hydrangeas.
This beautiful perennial plant is more due to its colorful leaves — from lime green to burgundy shades — rather than the humble flowers in midsummer. The fluffy leaves provide awesome colors throughout the season. Plant them in groups in front of medium-sized hydrangeas.
Post time: Nov-24-2021