This garden preview features my favourite hydrangea, 'Kyushu.' It's a lacy, understated hydrangea that puts on a real show towards the end of the summer. It's an older variety so you might have some trouble finding it - 'Tardiva' and 'Interhydia' are newer and more readily available. But neither have the same early and abundant white heads that fade into dusty pink so I'll be taking cuttings this year in hopes of establishing some more bushes.
I like to use 'Kyushu' with anything I can, but here I've combined it with some frilly hollyhocks, foxglove, poppies, and dahlia 'Normandy Bright Day.' Used all together these flowers would make a big, fun statement bouquet, but they could also be mixed with more white and green to form soft, lush arrangements. Just add tall glasses of strawberry lemonade and some creamsicles to the table and you're all set for a party!