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Kc1009Kc1009 Posts: 23


 I would like to make this bed in my garden. I can see hydrangeas which are at the front, can any one recognise any of the shrubs at the back????

This picture has been taken from Pinterest so it's the best quality that I can give. Thank you for reading my post And I look forward to your responses. 


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,685

    Crikey! Not asking much are you?image The bush slap bang in the centre might be a very happy healthy Weigela. Maybe.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • LoganLogan Posts: 2,532
    Could you do close ups?
  • Impossible to tell. However, you can achieve the same effect with whatever you choose as background shrubbery. Think about how you want it to look when the Hydrangea aren't in flower. It's going to need to work quite hard not to be a dull green wall.  Choose shrubs with year round interest. Perhaps a wiegela as pansyface said..that will flower in April/May, Viburnum for sure as many of them flower in winter, perhaps a contoneaster for winter berries. The choice is yours.

  • As Nicola says it doesn't really matter what they are. What you need are some shrubs that you like, that will give you colour when the hydrangea flowers aren't there. So you need things that flower earlier than hydrangeas, which are at their best in late summer/early autumn, and things to give you winter colour too. Some plants will do both.

    Viburnum opulus has white snowball flowers in early summer and then bunches of red or yellow berries in autumn. Cornus alba elegantissima has very pretty green and white leaves and lovely dark red stems in winter. Rugosa roses have wonderfully scented flowers in pink or white and gorgeous tomato sized orange hips in autumn. The bees love the flowers and the birds love the hips.

     You might want to have something with coloured leaves, such as a berberis, or Cercis canadensis  Forest Pansy and you might want to have something evergreen to look at in the winter. You might have a favourite colour you want to predominate, but once you have the ideas you can seek out the right plants. Good luck and let us know your choicesimage

  • My brother has a very attractive speckled shrub which I think is a varigated Laurel (Acuba Japonica) Good for the back of a border - might need keeping in check as it seems to grow fairly fast. Philadelphus might be another possibility for some height.

  • Kc1009Kc1009 Posts: 23

    Thank you for the ideas people. 

    Tetley this is what I want to do with the other side by my nice fence the other side. I have decided to put up posts with chicken wire and then hornbeam up infront of it. So that my lovely neighbour cannot reach over and try and cut or damage the hornbeam hedge.  


    Sounds a bit like the tv prog about 'difficult' neighbours! image

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,348

    I'd stick a healthy line of Pyracantha in as the backdrop along the wire fence, and then plant in front. Let the neighbour tangle with that image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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