Making A Hydrangea Garden

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]!

Bouquet And Dress

I Heart Hydrangeas

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!

The Not-So-Blue "Endless Summer" Hydrangea Garden


Hydrangea Garden BEFORE

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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!

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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)

Lambs Ear Stachys byzantina

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Blue Star Creeper - Isotoma

Find a sunny spot in your garden for a Little Creep!

Do say, have you created a garden in honor of a special event in your life?

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!

You can leave a comment below.

To EIGHT happy years of marriage, and many Endless Summers.  Love ya, Sweetie!


  1. Jan says:

    I love the before and after photos! It really shows off your talent that made a simple plain jane space into a FABULOUS, breathtaking one! The hydrangea’s are gorgeous. How many did you put down for that space? (what was the size of the space?) I’ve got the itch recently for Peonies. I’m going to wait it out to see if it’s just a phase, but if not, I’ll wait till fall to plant some.

    • Denise says:

      Hi Jan! The area for this Hydrangea Garden is about 6 feet deep and about 10 feet wide.

      I originally planted 2 Hydrangeas in the area, but added a third from another part of the garden. What you see here is 3 plants.

      I planted them about 2 feet from the house. Three plants filled in the area nicely.

      I LOVE Peonies. I can’t wait to see some in your garden!

  2. Jen V. says:

    Such pretty flowers! Thanks for the watering tip.

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