Best perennials for planting with hydrangeas
Favorite and sought after, hydrangeas - shrubs are not only fashionable, but also irreplaceable. They are used both in urban landscaping and in private gardens, paying tribute to the bright foliage, pastel colors of the caps of inflorescences and stable decorativeness. Most often, hydrangeas are planted in groups or singly, mixing, as a rule, with other evergreen or deciduous bushes and trees. Meanwhile, the company of these garden princesses will be able to make grassy perennials, with which you can create colorful, complex, stylish and expressive combinations.
The traditional approach to the use of these flowering shrubs only in hedges, groups, solo parties is slowly replacing a much more modern and practical trend - to plant hydrangeas wherever you need to create catchy, lush and expressive accents. Along with spireas and lilacs, chubushniki and dogrose, viburnum and actions moving from individual groups to flower beds and flower beds, the views on the possibilities of using hydrangeas in garden design are gradually changing. After all, few flowering shrubs can compete with hydrangeas in universality and uniqueness.
Hydrangeas are most often and further recommended to be used in the garden, planted in hedges, groups, edges, undergrowth or on the lawn, used in compositions with conifers, shrubs and trees with a completely different character. Of course, in the company of similar giants and skeletal plants, hydrangeas will become an undoubted decoration of the site. But you should not be afraid of more “short-lived” or “small” partners, because, like any other flowering shrub, hydrangea goes well with grassy stars. Perennials are able to keep hydrangeas company not only on flower beds or in discounts, but also allow creating a unique garden decoration from a group or a number of planted hydrangeas. They will cope with a variety of tasks:
- Shade and complement the color scheme of hydrangea inflorescences;
- create a spectacular border, edge or neat front edge of the compositions;
- introduce contrasting textures and textures;
- decorate compositions with hydrangeas at the beginning of the season;
- embody or emphasize style;
- give the garden character and personality.
The color scheme of hydrangeas with their bright colors of foliage and pastel white, cream, light green, pink, purple or blue tones of inflorescences always seems special. After all, the light shades of hydrangeas are really unique. And although dark needles and spectacular deciduous shrubs are also able to emphasize them, such a choice of options as when choosing grassy partners cannot be found among shrubs and tree ones. Silvery, golden, bronze, purple, variegated, pubescent and glossy, bright, like a lofant or stonecrop, or dark emerald - like grassy perennials - the leaves are strikingly different. But you can choose in shape and structure, and in size! But, of course, the greatest opportunities open up in the search for flowering partners. With the help of herbaceous plants, you can reveal the nuance or contrasting nature of the compositions, play with the colors of the garden, thematic design, visual effects, optical illusions. Dazzlingly bright, clean, pastel, watercolor - the herbaceous partners for hydrangeas can be any.
Hydrangea - a somewhat primitive bush, intelligent, English, and at the same time - always relevant. It fits perfectly into the antique design, nostalgic styles, and in the classics, and in the country, and in modern gardens. Always and everywhere she brings flavor, luxury and sophistication to the garden. Hydrangeas can be used in gardens of any style, and everywhere it looks organic, but it will not ask and will not open its style, with the exception of the English garden. Therefore, the task of giving the ensembles a stylistic expressiveness is always solved with the help of partners. And grassy plants are able to "set the tone" no worse than bushes and trees. Modern, nostalgic, rustic, bold or vibrant, catchy or not so - perennials will reveal the style of the garden and the theme of design in any composition.
When choosing partners for hydrangeas, it is worth remembering the limitations directly related to the features of the main star. Hydrangeas are hydrophilic and prefer to grow in acidic or slightly acidic soil. But panicle hydrangea is much more tolerant and universal, so far from always the initial requirements of this shrub limit the choice of partners. They prefer to grow in soft lighting, or even partial shade. Typical conditions for hydrangeas are not suitable for all grassy perennials.
Suitable partners for hydrangeas are limited in quantity, but not in variety, because almost every crop also has unique varieties or interesting forms.
The first candidates for the role of hydrangea supplements are, of course, magnificent ferns. Stylistically complementing each other, acting as equal partners, they allow you to play in deep contrasts and several "levels", creating stunning ensembles with excellent textures, lines, textures, colors, shapes, but possessing the same nobleness.
Another almost obvious partner for hydrangeas is hosts. Their leaves still seem large, and the bushes - tiled-ornamental, even against the background of no less large-leaved hydrangeas. The choice of varieties with a variegated or original color allows you to bring the game of shades in the composition to new heights, organize, emphasize all the advantages of hydrangeas.
Perfectly cope with the task of filling the soil and framing hydrangeas with a stunted background and groundcover from the number of crops that feel great in moist soil. Periwinkles and ivies are the undisputed favorites. But with hydrangeas, the top pachisander also feels good and the delightfully dark tenacity.
Among low perennials, a soft cuff is considered to be the best partners for hydrangeas, which has bright but lighter greens and enhances the highlighting effect of hydrangeas, adds radiance to any composition. Its bright greenery, lush bushes and cloud-shaped flowering play another important role - they compensate for the visual "heaviness" of the hydrangeas themselves. Unpretentious and luxurious garden geraniums, and modest mint with lemon balm also show themselves in the hydrangea society.
Another partner from among the unexpected additions is incense. Its magnificent huge leaves, like gentle flowering, only enhance the nobility of hydrangeas and compensate for their late start. From such a neighbor, the autumnal charm of ensembles with this shrub is only stronger.
There is not a single culture that would give ensembles with hydrangea such a modern sound as cereals. The magnificent hakonehloa, millet, Miscanthus, Falaris reed and Co. - all of them, like luxurious fur, are scattered against the background of hydrangea hats. It is simply impossible to look away from such a duet. Musical cereals and the most massive of all garden shrubs - a sight that can not be forgotten.
Among flowering partners for hydrangeas, white-flowered partners are always preferred. Magnificent astilbe, touching and quivering anemones, unexpected physiostegia and even panicled phlox will not refuse the company of the main shade garden shrubs. But it is not necessary to limit oneself to white; you can choose and combine other shades, achieving more expressive color nuance or contrasting combinations. The moisture-loving species of irises, daylilies, and noble wormwood, and hellebores, and primrose with daffodils will cope with the task of complementing this catchy and spectacular shrub. If you want to strengthen the "blue", then the best candidate is aconite. Partners can also be large Rogers, spring and autumn crocuses, buzulniki and Volzhanka - there are plenty to choose from. Indeed, among herbaceous perennials there are dozens of plants with different characters.
Small shrubs can easily accentuate compositions with hydrangeas: ground cover and miniature roses, shorn boxwoods, euonymus and shrubby cinquefoil. But you need to be careful with them: when choosing varieties, try so that they clearly state the concept and style of decoration of your garden.