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Hydrangeas, impatiens and...

Posted by Jen26 USDA zone 6 (My Page) on
Sat, Jan 31, 04 at 23:35

After years and years of planting impatiens only in my northern exposure foundation garden, I'm getting a little braver. I've ordered six "forever pink" hydrangea, with which I want to plant white impatiens. I saw a beautiful astilbe (called astilbe fanal) that has a red plume, but I don't know if it would look good in combination with the hydrangeas. If I were to combine all three, what would you suggest as to the arrangement of them? My beds are 18 feet long and 3 feet deep. (If other companions come to mind, please share!) Thanks.

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RE: Hydrangeas, impatiens and...

I'm not familar with that hydrangea but it sounds wonderful. And I think the red 'Fanal' Astilbe would be pretty in between them with the white Impatiens in front.

I think Campanula persicifolia (peach-leafed) may do well in your zone and fit in?

RE: Hydrangeas, impatiens and...

All my hydrangeas are "Forever Pink"--very nice dwarf shrubs. Of course, something should be said for diversity but heck, they were a deal :-)

I think a pleasant arrangement would be to place the six hydrangeas along the length of your beds and kind of toward the back, plant the astlibe forward of the hydrangeas and place them so they are staggered (the astlibe would be forward of the space between the hydrangeas), then fill in the front gaps with white impatiens. That would create a very symmetrical, formal bed.

Personally I grow calla lilies with my hydranges but astlibe will probably be a very nice contrast. One thought, what will the winter interest be?

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