My all time favorite ornamental shrub for the garden has to be the Hydrangea hands down. Whether it be the Mopheads, Lacecaps or the Paniculatas, the blooms are spectacular. Right now the Mopheads & Lacecap are blooming in my garden. Their a bit fussier than the Paniculatas, but under the right conditions they are great additions to the landscape. Forever & Ever ‘Red’ really is more of a dark pink, but from what I’ve read it is impossible to get a true red Hydrangea in the warmer zones. But with our naturally acidic soil it’s nice to get a pink bloom that’s guaranteed.
The Paniculatas I have are as follows ‘Limelight’, ‘Pinky Winky’ and ‘The Swan’. ‘The Swan was just a twig last summer so it has made some headway but is quite small still. They are all looking quite lush & healthy with the abundance of rain we had this past winter and spring. I also have a small Oakleaf (‘Little Honey’) that hasn’t bloomed since I planted it last year so here’s hoping I get to see some blooms on it this season as well. What are some of your favorite ornamental shrubs for the garden? 🙂