Month: June 2014

Glorious Hydrangeas in my garden…


H.arborescens ‘Annabelle’

My Glorious Hydrangeas

Recently, there’s been a glorious explosion of hydrangea flowers in my garden.  This month my hydrangeas (along with my roses) have taken center stage.

I grow several varieties in my garden which is a small collection of about 40 Hydrangeas.

Hydrangea arborescens:


H. arborescens ‘Annabelle’

The blooms of ‘Annabelle’ are absolutely huge in my garden. Some are  nearly 12 inches across.

‘Annabelle‘ has big balls of flowers that start out green, then turn to white and eventually dry a pale green as the season progresses. The flowers are lacy and delicate, but don’t let that fool you, this plant is tough. Mine are massed in a bed around my fountain.

‘Annabelle’ in my white garden.


Hydrangea macrophylla:

‘Alpengluhen’ (Glowing Embers)

H. macrophylla ‘Glowing Embers’

 ‘Alpengluhen’- (Glowing Embers) is a new addition to my hydrangea collection this year. A compact 3′ tall hydrangea with beautiful pinkish-red flowers.


‘Endless Summer’ and ‘Big Daddy’

Mass planting of H. macrophylla ‘Endless Summer and ‘Big Daddy’

My Endless Summer are planted in my backyard amongst a few other hydrangeas, ‘Big Daddy‘ and ‘Snowflake’ . What a spectacular show of blooms they put on every year.


‘Endless Summer’ & ‘Big Daddy’

‘Endless Summer’ is a very hardy hydrangea and blooms on both the current season’s growth as well as old growth, providing the advantage of a longer bloom period.

‘Big Daddy’, another H. macrophylla, has giant flower heads a foot across or more.




Endless Summer ‘Blushing Bride’

H. macrophylla  'Blushing Bride'
H. macrophylla ‘Blushing Bride’

Endless Summer ‘Blushing Bride‘ produces blooms throughout the season on both new and old stems. Huge blooms start out pure white and become more of an antique pink as they fade. I have several planted with H. macrophylla ”Mariesii Variegata’ ‘Blushing Bride‘ is very lovely…

Blushing Bride’ planted amongst H. macrophylla lace cap ‘Mariesii Variegata


H. Macrophylla  ‘Mariesii Variegata‘-LaceCap

Lace cap ‘Mariesii Variegata’

This LaceCap  ‘Mariesii Variegata’,  I must admit was a bit cold sensitive for my Zone 7b climate. The first two I ever planted, died the following year after an usually cold winter. Two years ago, I planted two more in a more sheltered location and am hoping they will survive. So far so good. The leaves are green with white margins and flowers either pink or blue lacecap blossoms.


H. macrophylla ‘ Blue Wave‘-LaceCap and ‘Nikko Blue

‘Blue Wave‘ (behind JMaple)’ and ‘Nikko Blue, H. macrophylla’ planted amongst ‘Autumn’ ferns and a variegated Japanese Maple ‘Oku Kuji Nishiki’.

 Many of my Hydrangeas are inter-planted with Japanese Maples and ferns in my backyard garden. I love this combination, especially with my ‘Blue Wave’ and ‘Nikko Blue’ hydrangeas.

‘Blue Wave’ Lacecap Hydrangea

 H. macrophylla, ‘Blue Wave‘ happens to be my favorite LaceCap hydrangea in my garden. A glorious sight when in bloom.The Lacecap flowers are a captivating blue that I love to photograph. Mine are planted in light shade under pine trees receiving late morning /early afternoon dappled sun and are thriving. Beautiful!


Hydrangea quercifolia:


H. quercifolia ‘Snowflake’

Ok, if I had to pick a favorite hydrangea in my garden, it would be this one- H. quercifolia ‘Snowflake’.

This one is a stunner. “Snowflake’ has absolutely gorgeous clusters that are densely layered just dripping with showy white flowers. I have several planted with many of my H. macrophylla’s throughout my garden.

‘Snowflake’ planted with ‘Endless Summer and Big Daddy H. macrophylla.

‘Snowflake’ and ‘Annabelle


‘Snowflake’ starting to turn pink in color..

The flowers age beautifully and I love every stage throughout the season. Snowflakes flowers start out pure white, gradually fading to pink and then turning brown by late summer. I can’t say enough about this plant… 


‘Snowflake’ in late summer


While these photo’s I’ve shared with you represent many of my hydrangeas, there are some however that were camera shy…here’s a list of a few others that are gracing my garden..

 Arborecens ‘Radiata”

H. macrophylla ‘Painter’s Palette’

H. macrophylla ‘Fuji Waterfall’

H. paniculata ‘Vanilla Strawberry’

H. paniculata (PeeGee) ‘Tree Form


 Some Hydrangea links:

Time to meet the Austins…in my garden

That would be David Austin— roses.


Who doesn’t love a romantic garden? The fragrance, the charm, flowers billowing over paths. If you want to add some instant romance and Old World charm loveliness to your garden, then planting English bred David Austin roses is the way to go. David Austin roses have the look of old garden style roses, fill the air with lovely fragrance and with repeat blooming no wonder I’m smitten with these roses for my cottage style garden. I must confess though, it’s the full billowing fragrant blossoms of these roses draping from my arbors, trellises and containers that have me hooked. Also, my nose can’t get enough of them. These roses are so full petaled that sometimes people mistaken them as peonies in my garden.

Having added many David Austin roses about 2 years ago (many still considered babies), I must admit not all have been successful in my Zone 7b garden. I am a no-spray organic rose gardener, so a few did succumb to black spot and disease. However, having gone through several I have narrowed it down to these beauties; (Note: Some are new this spring that have yet to show their survivability).

Here are a few of my favorite David Austin roses in my garden today….



The lovely ‘Evelyn’ is absolutely beautiful. This was my first David Austin rose purchase. I’m training mine as a small climber (6/8 feet) in a small corner of my garden near my back deck. Even though ‘Evelyn’ tends to get blackspot from time to time, due to a part sun location, I keep her in my garden for her grace and wonderful fragrance.


'Bishops Castle'
‘Bishops Castle’

 I love pink in my garden. I actually have a bed of just pink roses, one of which is ‘Bishops Castle’. This rose has lovely large pink blossoms with a delicious strong fragrance. I plan on planting another next spring. Mine is getting pretty tall about 5 feet. ‘Bishops Castle’ tends to hold its lovely color even in the heat of my summers.

'Bishops Castle'
‘Bishops Castle’



'Benjamin Britten'
‘Benjamin Britten’

 A lovely red rose with deep cupped shaped blossoms and a nice fruity fragrance. The red color does tend to fade to a reddish-pink when they age or perhaps due to the sun. I have mine planted towards the back of my rose bed since it grows quite tall (6 feet) in my garden.


'Princess Alexandra of Kent'
‘Princess Alexandra of Kent’

“Princess Alexandra of Kent’… a fitting name for such a lovely rose. New to my garden this spring I must say that I am impressed. It’s beautifully shaped pink blossoms have a wonderful lemon scent. So far it’s a prolific repeat bloomer and holds its color very well in my morning sun location.


'The Generous Gardener' climbing rose
‘The Generous Gardener’ climbing rose

 A new climber to my garden, so its still a baby, this David Austin climber is quite beautiful. It has pale, soft pink blossoms that fade to white and a wonderful fragrance. Very healthy, resistant to blackspot thus far. Looking forward to next spring when it will produce more blooms.


Huntington Rose
Huntington Rose

 One of my favorite David Austin roses -‘Huntington Rose’. I had two in my garden until early this spring.  Sadly, the deer devoured them both. I’ve included this to my list since I plan on planting more next spring. It is a prolific bloomer, wonderfully fragrant, good disease resistance and has exquisite pink blossoms. I highly recommend this rose.


'Jubilee Celebration'
‘Jubilee Celebration’

Another newcomer, ‘Jubilee Celebration’ has beautiful large full blossoms and an unusual color of pink/orange/apricot. Lovely fruity fragrance. Mine are planted in large containers. David Austins catalog notes this rose does well in hot and humid climates in the southeast (mine Zone 7b); we shall see how this rose fares through one of my summers….



‘Tess of the d’Ubervilles’

‘Tess of the d’Ubervilles is a very lovely rose that I am growing as a climber in my garden.  Bright crimson red blossoms and a wonderful fragrance. Beautiful.


'Darcy Bussell'
‘Darcy Bussell’

 Oh my, the lovely ‘Darcy Bussell is probably one of my favorite. Beautiful rich red/pink rose blossoms with a mild citrus fragrance. One of the smaller DA roses,one of mine is growing in a large container, another in the front of my rose border. Rebloom is good and pretty resistant to blackspot.



Darcy Bussell
Darcy Bussell


 So try adding some romance to your garden—you never know what might happen…