Romantic Tarrytown TerraceTraditional Landscape, New York
Often, less is more. Take this landscape design composed of climbing roses, hydrangeas, and lilies surrounding a bluestone terrace. This small, suburban garden feels both expansive and intimate. Japanese forest grass softens the edge of the terrace and adds just enough of a modern look to make the garden’s owners, urban transplants, happy. “My husband and I were looking for an outdoor space that had a secret-garden feeling,” says homeowner Anne Lillis-Ruth. “We’ve had fun adding furniture, antique planters, and a stone fountain to [landscape designer] Robert Welsch’s beautiful landscape. The white and green plantings provide the perfect backdrop to my collection of colorful table linens, glassware, and china. We love our garden!”
Dean Fisher loved it, too. “The setting is so lovely and relaxed. It evokes the south of France, with its intimate scale and the integration of house and patio through the use of the vines and other plantings.”
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‘Limelight’ panicled hydrangeas surround a terrace in Tarrytown, New York.Panicled hydrangeas. Prune panicled hydrangeas (H. paniculata), including ‘Grandiflora’ and ‘Limelight’ hydrangeas, in late winter. You can remove faded flowers at any time.
8. All-white garden. A garden with all-white blooms can be just as satisfying as a garden full of color. In this New York garden, ‘Limelight’ hydrangeas look like icing on a cake. Plant combo:‘Limelight’ hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’, zones 3 to 8)Golden Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’, zones 4 to 9)Light requirement: Full sun to partial shadeWater requirement: Regular water during dry monthsComing up with a planting plan for a shade garden can be challenging but rewarding. What are your favorite plant combinations for shade? We’d love to see your photos in the Comments section.MoreHow to Design a Beautiful Shade GardenSee more planting ideas
White in the garden. Zero in on any flower, like the fat hydrangeas shown here, and you will find a hint of green, sometimes blue or blush pink or yellow. Any of these color combinations would work well inside the house — just think of using white as a main color and use a fresh, spring-garden shade of another color (green, blue, pink) in small touches.
17. Fill a space with shrubs. Use panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’, zones 3 to 8) with frothy Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’) to screen a fence and create a full border with lots of visual interest.
A Tarrytown, New York, terrace is planted with Hydrangea paniculata, whose flowers form a cone-shape panicle. While white blooms do not usually change color like pink or blue specimens, they may mature to pink in the fall.