It seems appropriate on the day of my Wedding Anniversary (Happy Anniversary, Sweetie!) that I plant the idea of Making A Hydrangea Garden.
I did carry a Hydrangea Bouquet, and the traditional girl that I am, I even had blue flowers on my wedding gown [gasp]!
It was no accident that I made this Hydrangea Garden the view from our master suite.
And yes, of course, my husband noticed this nice little touch!
If you live in a dry climate where periods of no rainfall is common (like California), expect to have your sprinklers on regularly. The prefix “hydra” is our first clue that these Beauties are just a little bit demanding. I would say they are about as thirsty as lawns. But oh-so-much-prettier than lawns!
If you’re prepared to open your pocketbook to water a Hydrangea Garden, you will be rewarded with endless blooms and color. Especially if you pick my personal favorite: Endless Summer Hydrangea. Endless Summer is a variety that grows new blooms on old wood. A lot of Hydrangea varieties only grow new blooms on new growth. This means that every winter (after first frost), when every single leaf wilts and falls to the ground, the wood must be chopped down making room for new growth and new blooms. Left uncut, new blooms will only be on the new growth of the plant.
Endless Summer promises “endless blue”, but in my garden I had a rainbow of color. It was a surprise, but the look grew on me quickly. <hehehe>
Plants that deserve honorable mention. You know the ones. They make great supporting cast, allowing the star to steal the show while quietly and humbly filling in the not-so-pretty feet. Come on now, no body is perfect!
Living a lowly life being trampled while the doting visitor leans in to get a closer look. Yea, those. In this garden, my favorite (trampled) supporting cast members are “Lambs Ear” (Stachys byzantina) and “Blue Star Creeper” (Isotoma)
Is there a plant in your garden that brings back a wonderful memory?
I would love to hear how you have made something special in your garden!
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To EIGHT happy years of marriage, and many Endless Summers. Love ya, Sweetie!