Just a Fabulous Place to call HomeTraditional Landscape, Chicago
After reconfiguring the drive, our team re-aligned the secondary walk toward the family parking area. Massed woody plants, perennials, and groundcover downplay the secondary entry from visitors, and are repeated around the property to create a consistent planting plan.
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‘Annabelle’ wild hydrangea grows along the entry path of this Chicago garden. How to use it. Wild hydrangea makes a good border plant, forming a dense mound of foliage and flowers. It could be grown close to a driveway or walkway where snow would be piled, since it’s usually cut near the ground when done flowering and is cold- and salt-tolerant. It’s also a good choice for a shaded garden. Although it doesn’t like constant wetness, its tolerance for a range of soil moistures could make it a good choice for a rain garden, particularly along the middle or upper levels. Wild hydrangea would also do well near a concrete foundation, since it can tolerate some soil alkalinity.
Some hydrangeas have green-tinged immature flowers that will hold their green color, like this Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'. Once mature, the panicles of flowers turn white. Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' is another variety that also produces similar blooms; lime-green flower heads turn creamy white on maturing.The underplanted ground cover here is Japanese spurge (Pachysandra terminalis), a useful ground-cover plant that can cope with dry shade. The best variety to look for is 'Green Carpet', which has glossy deep green leaves.Other green flowers to try include Bells-of-Ireland (Moluccella laevis) and the European snowball viburnum (Viburnum opulus 'Roseum'), which have flowers that are green in the immature stage before maturing to white.