I received this beautiful blue Endless Summer® hydrangea and I knew I had the prefect spot for it! The front walk that we started last fall. It was too late to plant anything by the time we had the stones laid, and once we finally thawed from the arctic freeze, I was ready to plant! It was so exciting to know I was going to start all of my landscaping around such a pretty plant!
The BloomStruck™ hydrangea re-blooms all summer long which is pretty awesome. It solves that “missing color” thing in the front yard. When you have a white house you have to steer clear of anything with white or light blooms. They just get lost. The blue of the hydrangea is a great back drop, and it will grow 3-4 feet high and spread 4-5 feet across which is perfect for the space in front. I also love that they are easy to grow. I couldn’t wait to put it in.
Here is my front walk in the bare dirt stage.
I am so happy with how the front walk turned out, it was pretty bad before.
When I start planning my landscaping, I like to place my pots where I think I am going to plant it and then walk around it, and view it from different areas of my yard and angles with what I already have.
This area is part shade depending on the time of day, and I have a lot of perennials in that area that can tolerate both sun and shade.
I have to admit, I am a Hosta lover and have about 15 different varieties in my yard. Many of them have been split from neighbors plants, or they are an odd variety I’ve picked up on my nursery visits and a few are sorts that have popped up from crossbreeding with each other. I like them mostly because they do well in my zone 5a climate, can be easily divided, and are free. My plan was to play the blues of the hydrangea off of the different greens of the hosta and a few other lime green plants as well.
And I also planted Blue Scabiosa “pin cushions flowers” for some color contrast as well. The biggest problem I have is I have to resist the temptation to plant everything too close together to make it look full. I have to remember to look at the tags and pay attention to the spread so they aren’t crowding each other out in a few years. We are going to get a truckload of mulch for the yard this year. That should be fun.
The blooms are gorgeous, it will be nice to be able to cut them and put them around the house too. Did you know that this brand of hydrangea can change colors depending on the acidity of your soil? The Endless Summer® site even sells a product that can change the bloom colors either blue or pink. For instance, my soil is alkaline so if I don’t add something to acidify the soil I will actually get pink blooms next year. Kind of cool.
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