This mixed border planting combination, anchored by Quick Fire hydrangea, shown here in late summer after its blooms have taken on their darker tones, is set within an evergreen frame made up of a vertical plum yew, a dwarf lily of the valley shrub and the brightly variegated grass at its feet. A mid-sized hosta in blue and silver swords of Astelia add further foliage interest and contrasting textures. This combo looks good over a very long period and is suited for small spaces.
Exposure: Open Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun
Water Needs: Average
Features: Romantic Cool Colors, Fabulous Foliage, Flower Fest
Focus: Curb Appeal, Mixed Border, Pleasing Seasonal Flow, Small Space
Seasons of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Seasons of Interest, Year-round Interest
Maintenance Level: medium