Hortensia Harmony of Colors awaits you in 2022 – Lowell Sun
A new look at the Harmony of Colors Hydrangea may be just what you need to plan your garden for 2022. You will find that not only does it add beauty to the landscape, it energizes and excites you and suddenly, all that you do in the garden looks fun.
You’ve probably heard of basic color schemes like monochromatism, similar color blends, complementary colors, and the old adage of opposites attract, or a selection from the warm side of the color wheel paired with its opposite from the side. cold color wheel.
As for the wild new colors of today’s hydrangeas, you can open this color palette door to include triadic and even quadratic harmony, three or four colors equidistant from each other on the color wheel. It’s about knowing your hydrangeas and choosing partners.
My fun started almost three years ago with the arrival of the Let’s Dance Rave hydrangeas which were bred for extra cold hardiness in the north, but were like a colored electric charge to those of us in the north. South. Electric blue and purple mauves you never knew existed suddenly became available for gardening partnerships.
I asked my color design guru son if his clients were thinking of combinations with their blue or purple hydrangeas, and the answer was just a couple. The old method is to simply plant them as stand-alone shrubs. Here you will find the impetus for this column.
At first I referenced knowing your hydrangeas as to their color. In reality, it’s also like knowing the pH of your soil and how it varies across the landscape. In my garden, a hydrangea can be electric blue, telling me the soil is very acidic. The same variety in purple 10 feet away is less acidic. Up the hill in the left corner are Wee Bit Giddy hydrangeas, new this year from Proven Winners with shocking rose red flowers. I expect this to change over the years, but who knows about this old hill.
Wee Bit Giddy provided me with my strangest monochromatic partnership of 2021. The Garden Guy interspersed Heart to Heart Tickle Me Pink caladiums. As I had never grown up either, the result exceeded all expectations.
Blue violet colors or flowers with blue and purple mixed together have always moved me. It’s like it’s a magical mix that maybe only fits royalty. Sometimes I even think this marriage just happens by accident, but I’m sure great designers do it on purpose.
So when a Let’s Dance Rave hydrangea, Rockin Deep Purple salvia, and Double Blue Superbells calibrachoas gathered in my garden in a monochromatic mix, I was in a state of euphoria. A blend of Goldilocks Creeping Jenny gave a chartreuse finishing touch.
Proven Winners is launching Soprano Impatiens in 2022, which, by the way, are still dazzling in November. These little orange and purple hobby horses allowed me to create a triadic mix of colors with the lime green foliage of Rockin Golden Delicious sage and blue hydrangea blossoms. This garden of subdued light has been of interest since June.
One of my favorite combinations from 2021 mimicked a wildflower meadow against blue hydrangeas. Obviously, the hydrangeas were in the more shaded part of the group, while the grass Uptick Coreopsis and Evergold Carex grew in the sunnier front. Tangerine Punch Superbells calibrachoas and Soprano Orange impatiens were on the left flank.
If you just don’t know where to start in your hydrangea partnerships, consider some of the Shadowland hosta series. These are guaranteed to make dazzling partners. The Garden Guy in pursuit of hydrangea and azalea blossoms just planted the new Perfecto Mundo Orange azaleas in front of Tuff Stuff Ah-Ha, mountain hydrangeas that still have huge, long-lasting blue flowers.
Wonderful hydrangea partnerships await for 2022. The Garden Guy hopes you jump on the bandwagon and let your imaginations run wild.
Norman Winter is a horticulturalist, garden speaker and author of “Tough-as-Nails Flowers for the South” and “Captivating Combinations: Color and Style in the Garden”. Follow him on Facebook @NormanWinterTheGardenGuy.