Companion planting

RoseAbbeyMay 26, 2011

Last year, I planted 7 endless summer hydrangea around our 12ft octagon shape gazebo. I would like to plant something between the hydrangeas. Two reasons, one is I would like some color before the hydrangeas bloom and second, I dont think the hydrangeas will grow big enough to take up all the space between. One side of the gazebo gets morning sun, the other side afternoon sun, so I need something that likes both sun and partial shade. I would like a perennial. Any suggestions? Thanks

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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

For the shady area, you could add Astilbe, Spicebush, and Summersweet, azaleas/rhododendrons, dwarf holly bushes, daffodils, camellias, hostas, heuchera, ferns, etc. On the sunnier side, you could add roses, daylilies, etc

    Bookmark   May 28, 2011 at 7:11AM
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luis, I am hoping to plant just one type of plant, one that will not take away from the beauty of the hydrangea once they are in bloom.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2011 at 2:09PM
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mehearty(So ME z5a)

You could do knockout roses. Mine only get about 6 hours of sun and are quite happy. They bloom early and stay in bloom well into fall.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2011 at 5:02PM
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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

Hmm, Knockout Roses will not work in the sunny part if roseabbey does not want the shrubs to take away from the hydrangeas in bloom.

Other part shade-full sun compact plants that may work are Amsonia Blue Ice, also called Blue Star Flower. It gives blue-ish/lavender flowers (yellow leaves in the Fall). Aquilegia is another plant you could research; it comes in pink & white, red & white; yellow; also called Origami Columbine.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2011 at 6:35PM
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luis, the blue flower could definately be a contender.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2011 at 6:52AM
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    Bookmark   May 31, 2011 at 2:03PM
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