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7 Ways to Design a Garden With Hydrangeas

Are you looking for the perfect way to add a little bit of color and elegance to your outdoor space? Hydrangeas offer a stunning display of eye-catching blooms that can give your garden an undeniable “wow” factor. With their large, showy blossoms in various shapes and shades ranging from soft, pale pinks and whites to vibrant purples and blues, hydrangeas are versatile enough for any style or size garden.

From creating full hedges and feature shrubs to landscaping ideas that complement existing features like walkways or ponds — there’s something here for everyone! Read more to learn seven unique ways to create a truly beautiful outdoor oasis adorned with colorful hydrangea blooms!

Colorful Flower Bed

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Creating a colorful flower bed with hydrangeas is an easy way to bring life and vibrancy to your garden. By mixing different-sized hydrangeas in various shades of pinks, purples, whites, and blues, you will create a gorgeous display of colors.

You can choose the colors in such a way that they complement one another while still providing some contrast. This mix of colors will give you the chance to craft a beautiful and varied flower bed without overwhelming or jarring the eye.

Privacy Screen and Shade

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Plant Hydrangea arborescens, or wild hydrangea, to create an instant privacy screen. These deciduous shrubs can reach 3 to 6 feet tall and produce clusters of delicate greenish-white flowers that will provide some much-needed shade during the hot summer months. Arrange multiple tall hydrangeas in rows for an enclosed look to ensure extra seclusion and privacy in your very own outdoor oasis.

Hanging Baskets

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Hanging hydrangeas in baskets is a great way to add charm and color to your outdoor space. Whether you hang them from patios, trees, or trellises, these lovely baskets will bring a sense of beauty and grace to a garden. The cascading flowers will draw the eye downward, creating an elegant display that everyone will enjoy.

Contrast Borders

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Using larger hydrangeas to create contrasting borders in your garden is a great way to provide definition and structure. With their vibrant colors, delicate petals, and varying sizes, hydrangeas are an ideal choice for brightening up your landscape.

Their striking effect will draw the eye and add a pop of color wherever you place them. Whether it’s along the edge of your patio, around a flower bed, or used as part of an al fresco dining area — these robust blooms can enhance your area with their lavish beauty. Beyond just looking beautiful, they also provide a barrier that helps protect other plants from winds and strong sun!

Companion Planting

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Companion planting with hydrangeas can be a great way to enhance the beauty of your garden and create stunning displays that will make your neighbors green with envy. Planting different flowers, trees, or ornamental grasses around a hydrangea can bring texture, color, and diversity to an area.

Flowering dogwood adds stunning contrast with pink and white blossoms, while ornamental grasses bring in an interesting texture. Astible, also called “false goat’s beard,” creates lovely textural contrast with its feathery plumes against the lush green foliage of hydrangeas. All three of these companion plants also thrive in similar conditions as the hydrangeas, so you can incorporate them into a harmonious landscape design.

Hostas are also well known for being companions with hydrangeas.

Climbing Hydrangeas

Climbing hydrangea
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For an overhanging canopy of blooms, use climbing hydrangeas along fences or walls. You can also train them up posts or poles to create an original focal point in your garden design.

Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris is the most popular and well-known variety of climbing hydrangea, and for good reason! They are slow growing at first, but over time they will thrive into strong climbers capable of covering outbuildings or livening up shady walls. These plants can tolerate a wide range of soils and some shade.

Potted Hydrangeas

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Potted hydrangeas are fashionable, low-maintenance plants that can act as statement pieces in many types of gardens. When it comes to growing them in pots, all you need is the right container, soil, and water!

First, choose a container for your hydrangea. It needs to be big enough — at least 18 inches in diameter — as these are large plants that require plenty of moisture in the soil. If it doesn’t already have drainage holes, add/drill some so that excess water can escape. Then fill your pot with nutrient-rich potting soil and dig a hole in the center for your hydrangea. Place the plant into the hole, backfill the soil, and gently pack it down so that it’s firmly in place.

Finally, water deeply to ensure the roots are well-hydrated and nourished. Pay attention to how much you water; Do not overwater, as this can cause root rot or fungus issues.

Get Creative!

Creating stunning gardens with hydrangeas is easier than you think. All it takes is some creativity and careful planning. From contrasting borders to hanging baskets, there are so many options that will make your outdoor space look beautiful. Whether you’re looking for privacy or just a pop of color, adding hydrangeas to your landscape will give you amazing results. So why not start designing your garden with these showstoppers today?

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