Heuchera x villosa Citronelle. Brightens up a shady spot. I have it planted as a border with my hydrangea and love the contrast.
Creeping Thyme, Thymus praecox 'Coccineus', has lovely scented foliage that creates a low growing mat that is covered with hundreds of rosy-red flowers in summer. A strong grower, 'Coccineus' is ideal as a drought tolerant lawn substitute, or for planting between flagstones, tolerating moderate traffic. '
Planted mine last fall can't wait to see it! !!!! Creeping Thyme 'Coccineus' has lovely scented foliage that creates a low ground cover with hundreds of rosy-red flowers in summer. It is a drought tolerant lawn substitute, or for planting between flagstones, tolerating moderate traffic.
Persian shield. Persian Shield is known botanically as Strobilanthes dyerianus. It is native to Burma and has 8-inch-long leaves that are iridescent in shades of purple, lilac and pink, with purple-maroon on the undersides. If those colors aren't awesome enough, the foliage looks like it has a light coat of silver electroplated to it. Although newly in fashion. the plant has been used in gardens since Victorian times.
Growing Blue Hydrangeas: Blue flowers are produced in acid soil (pH 5.5 and lower), and pink flowers are produced in alkaline soil (pH 7 and higher). You can add garden sulphur, acidic organic mulch or aluminum sulfate around your hydrangeas to acidify the soil to encourage the blue. For pink flowers, add lime to make the soil more alkaline.
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I put coffee grounds in my flower beds...around roses, hydrangeas, clematis and all types of plants...and I get them already bagged up and free at Starbucks...xo