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An Elegant Summer Garden Idea with Hydrangea, Rose and Astilbe

Plant Combinations, Summer Borders, Fall Borders


Rich in texture and interest, this elegant summer garden features a pretty mix of award-winning shrubs and perennials. Sitting at the back of the lush planting, Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' (Smooth Hydrangea) shows off with its large and luminous white blossoms. Blooming for up to 2 months, it makes a wonderful partner for Rosa 'Ballerina'. Although this shrub rose is lightly fragrant, it blooms through summer and produces graceful sprays of small, pink, white-eyed flowers, which mingle with the brilliant white flower plumes of Astilbe 'Deutschland' (Astilbe japonica). Long-lasting, they turn a rich caramel color which provides winter interest to the garden.

A few dark purple colored plants add contrast and power to this combination: the evergreen Heuchera 'Plum Royale' (Coral Bells) with its shimmering foliage, and Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra' (Black Cherry Plum) which boasts some of the darkest purple leaves and twigs.

Most plants are recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society. Easy to grow, they will attract the interest of butterflies. Enjoy!

Garden Information

Hardiness 6 – 8
Heat Zones 6 – 8
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil Ph Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Informal and Cottage , Traditional Garden

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GAP Photos//Robert Mabic

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Garden Information

Hardiness 6 – 8
Heat Zones 6 – 8
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil Ph Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Informal and Cottage , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Astilbes Great Plant Combination Ideas with Heuchera - Coral Bells Great Plant Combination Ideas with Hydrangeas Great Plant Combination Ideas with Prunus - Flowering Trees Great Plant Combination Ideas with Rosa - Shrub Roses Great Plant Combination Ideas with Rosa - Roses


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Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' (Smooth Hydrangea)
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