Wednesday, September 30, 2009

This just works: Hydrangea and Shrimp Plant

While at a landscape on James Island, I saw this simple plant combination that I thought was really effective.

Under a mature Live Oak, the landscape architect combined sky-blue Mophead Hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla) and buttery yellow Shrimp Plants (Pachystachys lutea) to create a soothing shade garden. The low boxwood hedge pulls the area together and lends year-round structure.


  1. Alas, we have given up on hydrangeas - too many deer. How far north will the shrimp plant grow? Is it perennial?

  2. I doubt that Shrimp Plants are deer resistant either. They are definitely not hardy- zones 8b to 11.
    Here is some good information:

    The flower color is buttery and rich- they are worth planting as annuals.

  3. WoW, Wow, Wow.What a great blog. It is beautiful, hope it does well for you.

  4. Flowers- THANK YOU! I wonder sometimes if what I am writing goes into a black hole...I appreciate the feedback.

  5. The two make a good looking combination. The blue and yellow brighten up the area. I love the setting under the tree branch, with rich green all around, and the little shafts of light.

    The hardiest Hydrangea in my area are H. paniculata, and Annabelle does well too.

  6. Northern Shade- I love H. paniculata and they will grow here...but they don't thrive like they do in colder climates. I saw some in Vermont and decided not to grow them here any more- they were spectacular!



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