Last year was a disappointment for hydrangea lovers when the late freeze nipped all the blooms. This year they are glorious. Michael is the hydrangea lover in this family and we probably wouldn't have as many if it wasn't for him. I have to admit though that I really love hydrangeas more than I used to. I really can't think of a more versatile shrub (they will perform well in various degrees of light situations) and they are colorful and dramatic in the landscape. All that, plus they are easy to care for.
We have hydrangeas all over our garden but the majority of them reside under a massive pecan tree.
The same border from the opposite direction (looking towards the secret garden). The foliage on the right is the variegated dogwood 'Wolf's Eyes'
The same border, from the top of the hill, near the patio.
Inside the secret garden, the old stand-by 'Nikko Blue' is in full bloom while 'Annabelle' is just getting started.
And now for some close-ups. This is 'Harmony,' and oakleaf whose blooms are so big that they nod to the ground.
Michael's favorite, 'Purple Tiers.' Last year, it was purple and this this year it is pink as can be. That is the weird thing about hydrangeas - they can be pink or blue depending on your soil conditions.
This is my favorite, 'Lilacina.'
I love because it has both blue and purple colored blooms, which I'm sure is due to the soil conditions.