North Arlington ResidenceTraditional Landscape, DC Metro

The Upper Garden with 'Ha-Ha' wall: One side of the sinuous retaining stone wall is faced with stone, the other face sloped and turfed, forms a green pool for the upper garden. The ha-ha wall backed by Annabelle Hydrangeas conceals the driveway from sight and extends the view to the lower garden as one looks out from the house through the Zelkovas.They are planted between the hydrangeas and act as a first buffer to the busy street set behind the Lower Garden.

Photo credit: ROGER FOLEY

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This photo has 9 questions
toby007 wrote:Nov 22, 2012
isamenton wrote:Sep 7, 2012
  • isamenton
    Hi Katia, I never heard back from you. May I use this picture in my landscaping website with a credit to KG Designs and the photographer?
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    Katia Goffin Gardens
    Photographer does not allow re use of his photos... Sorry about that and thank you for your interest.
jewels9999 wrote:Jun 18, 2013
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    Katia Goffin Gardens
    the hydrangeas do well in the shade... but a little sun and filtered light are needed so that they thrive.
  • Janet Melendy
    Should I cut back the hydrangea Annabel in fall . No flowers for two years . Winter temps. -20
rupertthecat wrote:Aug 3, 2016
  • Lucy Gibson

    I agree with Rupert, these hydrangeas are breathtaking! I love the soft white colors against the dark gray stoned planters, it's amazing next to your lush yard. My husband and I are hoping to re-landscape our backyard at some point. I would love to do something like this by the side of our yard. We have a slight elevation change; having a tiered stepped planter like this would be so awesome. Great job! 

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    Katia Goffin Gardens

    Thank you and wishing you a lovely hydrangea planter to rework your side garden!

graceclaire wrote:Sep 29, 2013
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    Katia Goffin Gardens
    I need a picture and location before I can give you a good idea:)
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    Katia Goffin Gardens
    I am an outdoor designer... but do love nice interiors... one goes with the other after all.
    I will put my two cents in but recommend you ask an interior designer.
    I would invest in a good mirror, good hardware (a good manufacturer) and if you have a shower a nice glass partition. The glass partition adds a contemporary touch without taking away from the cottage style. Good luck.
Carolyn Eller wrote:Apr 12, 2017
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    Katia Goffin Gardens

    Any good nursery should have Annabelle Hydrangeas. Take a look at the new Serenade Hydrangeas in white- they are the same as Annabelle- but have stronger stems.

Anu Madgavkar wrote:May 20, 2016
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    Katia Goffin Gardens

    That is a complicated question which depends on many of your site conditions. We have professional landscape contractors who take care of these plants on a regular basis. Thanks for your inquiry.

Dot Noyb wrote:Mar 24, 2015
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    Katia Goffin Gardens

    Are you feeding them? We have a landscape contractor who takes regular care of these plants.

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Janet Dunn added this to Rock Pulls Its Weight in Gorgeous GardensSep 15, 2017

Supporting players. Rocks and stones enhance feature plants as an attractive edging for garden beds. Here, chunky slate-gray stone slabs set off a profusion of soft, creamy ‘Annabelle’ wild hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’). If existing soil is poor, they form a raised bed that can be filled with a more fertile medium.When planting around rocks, consider color, shape and size. Dark green backgrounds make light rocks stand out, while pale planting makes an ideal foil for dark rocks. Don’t forget that rocks absorb heat — ideal for warmth-loving plants. Don’t plant shrubs that will grow to hide them.

Laura Gaskill added this to Why You Should Give Hydrangeas a Place in Your YardJul 19, 2016

Hydrangeas make a lush border. Hydrangeas’ bloom period stretches from midsummer to fall, making these versatile shrubs a good choice for filling borders all around the yard.Tip: It’s easier to turn blue flowers pink than to go from pink to blue, and white flowers (Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ is seen here) aren’t affected by soil pH, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Hydrangeas of all colors may take on a pink or dusky brown tone in the fall as the blooms mature.

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Katie Nolfi added this to Nolfi_LandscapeJul 19, 2019

For East side of house (white or blue hydrangeas)

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