Today we’re taking a return trip to Carla’s garden in Malvern, Pennsylvania. She’s shared her garden with us before (Midspring in Carla’s Garden and Carla’s Woodland Garden), and today we’re enjoying the garden as it enters midsummer, when, as Carla puts it, “suddenly it is all daylilies and hydrangeas!”
Carla confessed to me that like so many of us, she’s not good about remembering plant names, so she doesn’t know the variety of all the plants pictured here today. This hydrangea, however, with these unusual green-and-pink flowers, is the variety ‘Pistachio’ (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Howack’, Zones 6–9).
Pink and blue bigleaf hydrangeas growing together. Flower color in hydrangeas is determined by a combination of the soil and the genetics of the individual plant. Acidic soils tend to produce bluer flowers, while alkaline ones produce pinker flowers. But each plant tends to a particular color as well, so you can have pink and blue flowers in the garden with the right variety choices.
An exquisite daylily (Hemerocallis hybrid, Zones 4–9), with blooms that are an unusual combination of lavender and peach.
Hydrangeas can be of a mophead form, with big masses of flowers, or of the more delicate lacecap form (pictured), with a ring of showy flowers around a disk of smaller ones. Both are beautiful!
The picotee pattern on this hydrangea stands out all the better for being displayed in the simple, lacecap form.
A lavender lacecap hydrangea blooms beautifully with a rich, red daylily.
Soft pink daylilies bloom up through a smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens, Zones 3–8).
A marvelous form of foxglove (Digitalis purpurea, Zones 4–9) with a dramatic, dark pattern on the flower throat.
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