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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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.
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.