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ron mexico75
03-23-2011, 02:34 PM
Would it be permissible to plant several Hydrangeas in the center of a contoured bed and then plant pachysandra all around them in order to fill up the bed? This is a full shade area and the variety Hydrangea I have proposed is Hydrangea serrata 'Beni Gaku' which can tolerate full shade as far as I know.

Any drawbacks to this?

ron mexico75
03-23-2011, 02:58 PM
anybody know or have opinions?

johnnybow
03-23-2011, 03:25 PM
I beleive it would work

ron mexico75
03-23-2011, 03:31 PM
Thank you for replying. I only asked because I wasn't sure if the pachysandra would be invasive at all to the slow growing hydrangeas. Also, wasn't sure if it would look funny since you normally see pachysandra under large trees or in beds by itself.

Smallaxe
03-23-2011, 04:48 PM
Pachysandra is pretty slow growing in my experience, and fairly bland, but should work well... If there is opportunity I would try to introduce color, even if it is annuals... :)

yardatwork
03-23-2011, 07:54 PM
Hydrangeas are very picky. Some may do good in shade, but may never bloom. Some say to trim the hard wood some say not to cut the hard wood...they are just more work than good in my opinion. Under the PERFECT conditions, they are beautiful.

ron mexico75
03-24-2011, 09:56 AM
Yeah I hear you about the hydrangeas. This is a shade/woodland garden that I'm designing and wanted to add some color without planting annuals. This client wants low/no maintenance I've done some searching for these 'Beni Gaku's'.

From what people say, they are dependable bloomers and do well in shade.


http://hydrangeasplus.com/Hydrangea_Serrata_Beni_Gaku_-_3_year.html


http://myvisionscape.com/plants/hydrangea-serrata-beni-gaku#t-1