Seaside Serenade® Hydrangea varieties look as beautiful in the landscape as they do when cut for bouquets. Because the large petal-like bracts are extra thick, individual flower heads can last three months or more on the plant. Most Seaside Serenade® varieties go through a shift in colors as the flowers age, maturing to an antique, parchment-like shade.
The thickness of the bracts also makes these varieties good for drying. The process is simple: Cut the flowers and hang them upside down in a warm, dry place for several weeks.
Designing with Seaside Serenade® Hydrangeas
Seaside Serenade® Hydrangea varieties pair beautifully with other classic shade-garden plants. Extend the season by pairing them with early-spring-blooming shrubs and perennials such as:
Bleeding Heart (Dicentra), Camellia, Columbine (Aquilegia), Blue Corydalis, Hellebore (Helleborus), and Lungwort (Pulmonaria).
Contrast their mounding form with upright plants such as:
Astilbe, Foxglove (Digitalis), Snakeroot (Actaea), or Variegated Acanthus (Acanthus ‘Whitewater’).
Complement these Hydrangeas with plants that have attractive foliage for spring-to-fall beauty. Some of our favorites include:
Camouflage® Japanese Aralia (Fatsia), Coral Bells (Heuchera), Hosta, and Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’).
Add year-round structure to your shade garden by pairing Seaside Serenade® Hydrangeas with shade-tolerant evergreens such as:
Hemlock (Tsuga), Liriope, Pieris, Rhododendron, and Sweet Box (Sarcococca).