Flowers That Go With Hydrangeas

Question:

What kind of flowers can I plant in front of my Blue Endless Summer Hydrangea?

Hardiness Zone: 5b

Regina from Kane, PA

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Answer:

Regina,

I scoured the web and looked through several of my garden reference books to find some suggestions for flowers that pair well with Endless Summer hydrangeas. Their deep green foliage and shrub-like form combine well with a variety of different plants.

For an emphasis on contrasting foliage, pair your Endless Summer with these shade perennials:

  • Lungwort (Pulmonaria 'Raspberry splash'): This lungwort has an upright growth habit, raspberry-colored flowers, and green foliage with silver spots.

  • Hosta: Look for varieties with variegated leaves.

  • Brunneria 'Jack Frost'-Silver: Heart-shaped leaves that look they have been painted with crackle paint. The leaves are silver with light green veins. Tiny blue flowers bloom in the spring.

For pairings that emphasize a contrast in form, try these:

  • Germaniums 'Rozanne': Known for its vigorous foliage and long blooming violet-blue flowers, this geranium was named the perennial plant of the year in 2000.

  • Nepta 'Walkers Low': A catmint with lavender flowers, this plant was named the perennial plant of the year in 2007.

  • Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea): This perennial has upright stalks with tubular flowers available in shades of rose, white, lavender, or cream.

  • Hollyhock: A popular and reliable biennial that readily self-seeds, there are single and double varieties now available in a multitude of colors. Try heirloom varieties behind your hydrangeas.

Some low growing annuals to try include Lobelia 'Royal Jewels' or 'Waterfall Azure Mist', Petunia 'Plush Deep Pink' or 'Tidal Wave Silver', Begonia 'Baby Wings White' or "Braveheart Rose Bicolor', Calibrachoa 'Superbells Coral' or Cabaret White', and Diascia 'Diamonte Coral Rose'.

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Azaleas, Bleeding Heart (Dicentra), Camellias, Hellebores, and ferns would also make wonderful companions.

Ellen

About The Author: Ellen Brown is an environmental writer and photographer and the owner of Sustainable Media, an environmental media company that specializes in helping businesses and organizations promote eco-friendly products and services. Contact her on the web at http://www.sustainable-media.com

June 25, 20080 found this helpful

There's a pretty little day lily that has yellow flowers or you could try cone flower. They're different colors but the regular pink/purplish ones would be nice. They self seed so once planted they'll come back. If you don't want flowers you could use mondo grass. We called it monkey grass in Mississippi. Oregonians (and most of the rest of the world!) calls it mondo.

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June 25, 20080 found this helpful

I have hosta between mine. The idea of the yellow daylillies sounds lovely!

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