The talk by Robert Mallet at the Hydrangea Society has inspired me to make some changes in parts of the garden.
I was particularly interested in his recommendation to plant masses of Hydrangea macrophylla in the shade of the later blooming Hydrangea paniculata.
There is an area in my garden where Oakleaf Hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia) are combined with both ‘Annabelle’ hydrangeas and macrophylla types to nice effect; therefore, I am giving this recommendation much thought.
The Viburnum court has been maintenance nightmare for quite some time. Although I love their foliage, flowers and berries; they have been sprouting everywhere, and they are NOT easy to remove (my criteria for allowing self seeders). Parts of the garden have become a viburnum forest rivaled only by the dreaded Privet.
So, in the interest of making the garden less of a maintenance headache, I am considering the removal of many Viburnums; perhaps adding a few sterile types (above) and more late-blooming hydrangeas. The only caveat being they would require hard pruning every few years. Easier than digging seedlings, no?