Most people love to see a variety of color in a flower garden. Along with the mix of sizes and shapes of shrubbery, getting colors to pop and draw the eye to a visual treat is most important.
Hydrangeas can stand alone and be wonderful, but imagine them as the focal point in a diverse garden setting. When planting a tiered garden, with taller shrubs in the back, let hydrangeas be the mid-level plant, with short annuals or perennials in front. Make sure your hydrangea is of the variety that grows about 4 feet tall and set some tall, red monarda behind it.
A word of caution about Monarda – it spreads, so if you don’t want it growing all over, plant it in a big pot to keep the roots contained, or choose tall lilies and iris to complement your hydrangeas.
I also like the idea of adding interesting grasses beneath the hydrangea, but be careful you don’t disturb the roots and remember that the more you plant the more water the plants will drink.
I found the photo shown here at the site listed on the photo, and clicking on the photo or this link will take you to the blog which has the most amazing flower garden photos! One flower I did not see was the hydrangea, which may not grow well at all that far north.
AND permission is given – at the bottom of the page – to use photos with links. Many thanks to the writer and photographer at that site.