Hydrangeas are staples of many summer gardens due to their ability to bloom repeatedly throughout the season. Available in an array of shapes and colors, hydrangeas make perfect complements or backdrops to rose gardens alike. Furthermore, depending on soil conditions (for instance acidic soils may produce white blooms while alkaline ones could produce pink or blue ones), hydrangeas may produce either white flowers or even pink or blue ones!
Roses are perennial flowers and an integral part of any landscape, known for their beauty, elegance and long lifespan in gardens. While roses require minimal care, like any plant they need a bit of TLC from time to time – especially regarding water intake, sun exposure, climate zone location and growing zones.
When pairing hydrangeas and roses, the key is making sure that their colors complement one another. Achieve this goal by selecting a hydrangea with colors that complement those of your rose – for instance a light pink hydrangea next to dark red rose would look beautiful together. Also be sure to select one with complementary foliage coloring that adds visual interest – light pink hydrangea next to dark red rose would work great as well!
Make sure that the colors complement each other well, for instance combining green hydrangeas with pink roses will result in an appealing color combination that pleases the eye.
Panicle hydrangeas can be identified by their long, cone-shaped cluster of flowers known as a panicle. Within each panicle are both fertile and sterile florets which appear at the tips of their plants; generally speaking, sterile florets tend to be larger with sharper edges, whereas fertile ones typically feature less defined edges and tend to be smaller overall.
There are various varieties of panicle hydrangeas that offer various color options. Limelight varieties such as those grown by Little Lime can reach 8′ tall, making them best suited to spaces without windows or doors blocking their view. Little Lime varieties will only reach 3-5′.
Another popular cultivar, Fire Light is an attractive newcomer known for its stunning, football-sized flowers that bloom throughout the season from white to rich reddish-pink as the season progresses. Ideal for planting near home foundations or east/west facing walls as they won’t overshadow them like English Ivy does.
Both hydrangeas and roses thrive best in friable loam soil that is slightly acidic in pH. This soil type combines sand, silt and clay particles with high organic matter content for effective nutrition while still retaining moisture levels in your garden. You may need to amend certain areas with sulfur or lime depending on local conditions in order to raise or lower pH; detailed recommendations can be obtained through soil testing done at an extension office in your area.