What to plant in front of hydrangeas?

When gardening, I always tell people to try their luck first to learn. The knowledge you develop after years of gardening is vastly superior to getting readymade information on the web.

Specially, when landscaping the front yard of a home. I prefer to get information from institutional experts, online resources, books, etc. Landscaping a front yard with flowering plants involves careful planning and consideration to ensure a beautiful, cohesive, and low-maintenance garden. Here are key things to keep in mind:

Sun Requirements: Assess how much sun each area of your yard receives. Full sun, partial shade, and full shade plants have different needs.

Orientation: East-facing gardens get morning sun and afternoon shade, while west-facing ones get hotter afternoon sun.

Plant Size: Consider the mature size of plants to avoid overcrowding and to maintain the scale relative to your house and yard.

Layering: Arrange plants in layers, with taller plants at the back and shorter ones in front, to ensure all plants are visible.

Seasonal Interest: Plan for continuous bloom by selecting plants with different flowering times throughout the seasons.

Highlight Entryways: Use flowering plants to frame your front door or pathway to create an inviting entry.

Color Scheme: Decide on a color scheme that complements your home’s exterior. Consider how colors blend or contrast to create visual appeal.

Focal Points: Incorporate focal points like ornamental trees, statues, or birdbaths to add interest and draw the eye.

Aesthetic Preferences: Reflect your personal style, whether it’s formal, cottage, modern, or naturalistic.

Home Integration: Ensure the garden style complements the architecture and color of your home.

Balance: Achieve balance by placing plants and features symmetrically or asymmetrically in a way that feels harmonious.

By considering these factors, you can create a front yard landscape that is beautiful, functional, and suited to your lifestyle and environment.


Plants to grow in front of hydrangeas

Planting in front of hydrangeas can enhance the overall aesthetic of your garden while ensuring that the plants complement each other in terms of light, water, and soil requirements. Here are some great options to consider:


  1. Hostas: With their large, attractive leaves, hostas provide a beautiful contrast to hydrangeas. They thrive in similar conditions, preferring partial to full shade.
  2. Heucheras (Coral Bells): These plants offer colorful foliage in shades of purple, red, and green, providing a striking contrast with the blooms of hydrangeas.
  3. Astilbes: Their feathery plumes and shade tolerance make astilbes a perfect companion for hydrangeas. They add texture and height variation.
  4. Ferns: Ferns like the Japanese painted fern or lady fern thrive in the same moist, shady conditions as hydrangeas, adding a delicate, airy texture.
  5. Lungwort (Pulmonaria): Known for their spotted leaves and early spring flowers, lungworts are shade-loving and pair well with hydrangeas.


  1. Impatiens: These colorful annuals thrive in the shade and provide a burst of color that complements hydrangeas well.
  2. Begonias: Begonias, with their bright flowers and attractive foliage, do well in shady spots and can add a splash of color.
  3. Coleus: Known for their vibrant, multicolored leaves, coleus plants can brighten up the space in front of hydrangeas.

Ground Covers

  1. Liriope (Lilyturf): This grass-like ground cover has spiky leaves and purple flowers that add texture and color contrast.
  2. Pachysandra: A low-growing evergreen ground cover that thrives in shade, pachysandra can provide a lush green backdrop for hydrangeas.
  3. Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum): This ground cover has delicate white flowers and fragrant foliage, and it thrives in shady, moist conditions.

Small Shrubs

  1. Boxwood (Buxus): Small, compact boxwoods can provide structure and evergreen interest year-round.
  2. Azaleas: Dwarf varieties of azaleas can offer additional seasonal color and thrive in soil conditions similar to hydrangeas.


  1. Daffodils: Planting bulbs like daffodils in front of hydrangeas can provide early spring color before the hydrangeas bloom.
  2. Tulips: Similarly, tulips can offer a burst of color in early spring, and their foliage will die back as the hydrangeas start to bloom.

When choosing plants, consider their mature height and spread to ensure they won’t overshadow or compete too much with your hydrangeas. Additionally, pay attention to the bloom times and colors to create a harmonious and visually appealing garden design.

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