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17 Incredible Ideas For Landscaping with Hydrangeas in Front of the House

Landscaping with hydrangeas in front of the house will transform your front yard into a welcoming oasis that will make your home the envy of the neighborhood.

Ensure you have the proper sunlight and shade balance, and don’t forget to pair them with plants that complement their aesthetic qualities.

Be sure to provide adequate water, nutrients, and pruning to keep your hydrangeas looking their best and add a touch of elegance to the front of your home for years to come.

large hydrangea shrub with flowers in varying shades of purple.
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1. Create a Hydrangea Hedge

gorgeous pink and purple hydrangea hedge going up to a large house.
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Plant a row of hydrangea shrubs along the front of your yard to create a beautiful and colorful hedge. This is also great for long driveways. Just look at those deep purple hydrangeas in the picture above.

2. Add Them to a Cottage Garden

pink hydrangea flowers in a cottage garden.
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Create a charming cottage garden look by mixing hydrangea flowers with other flowers, such as roses and lavender.

Here’s a list of 21 flowers for the perfect cottage garden.

3. Create a Mixed Shrub Border

white hydrangea border.
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Combine hydrangeas with other shrubs, such as azaleas or rhododendrons, to create a diverse and visually appealing front garden. Try adding some Annabelle hydrangeas.

4. Mass Planting

mass planting of hydrangeas: white paniculata in the front and colorful, pink and purple in the back.
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Plant a large group of hydrangeas together in a mass planting for a striking visual impact. I love the white hydrangeas above, with the other colors peeking from the back.

5. Hydrangea Trees Add Uniqueness

pink hydrangea tree.
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Train a hydrangea shrub into a small tree form by pruning and shaping it, adding height and interest to your front yard. Isn’t the pink hydrangea tree above gorgeous?

Check out these tips for growing hydrangea trees.

6. Combine Hydrangeas With Other Shrubs and Plants

purple hydrangeas planted behind astilbe plants.
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Incorporating hydrangeas with other plants in your landscape creates variety and visual interest in your front yard. Some excellent companion plants for hydrangeas include:

  • Boxwood: This evergreen shrub adds structure and can be trimmed into formal hedges or shapes, complementing the hydrangeas’ natural forms.
  • Hostas: With their bold foliage and diverse selection, hostas fill spaces under and around hydrangeas, adding texture and a lush ground cover.
  • Azalea and rhododendron: These flowering shrubs offer even more vibrant color choices, blooming before hydrangeas and extending the seasonal interest in your front yard.
  • Cottage garden plants: To create a cottage-style garden, incorporate perennials, annuals, and even some decorative elements such as birdhouses or trellises. Contrasting colors and textures will create a striking visual design, and by using low-maintenance plants, you’ll spend less time maintaining your front yard.

You can design an enchanting front yard by thoughtfully combining hydrangeas with other shrubs and plants to improve your home’s curb appeal.

7. Make Hydrangea The Focal Point

large pink hydrangea bush at house's entrance.
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Use a single large hydrangea specimen as a focal point in your front yard, surrounded by other complementary plants.

8. Hydrangea Walkway

stone walkway flanked by blue hydrangeas.
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If you have a long driveway or walkway to your front door, hydrangeas will create a beautiful and inviting entrance.

9. Container Garden

potted hydrangeas next to a building wall.
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Arrange different varieties of hydrangeas in large containers and strategically place them in the nooks and crannies of your front yard for a mobile and versatile display.

Or, display potted hydrangeas on your front porch, patio, or steps to add color and elegance to your entrance.

10. Add Some Climbing Hydrangea for Vertical Interest

white climbing hydrangea.
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Use climbing hydrangea varieties to adorn the walls or fences of your front yard, adding vertical interest.

11. Create a Privacy Shield

a watering canister and a wooden basket in front of a pink hydrangea shrub.
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Use a wall of colorful hydrangeas to creatre a privacy fence. Add a few underplants in contrasting or coplimentary colors, and you have a gorgeous living fence that also keep out unwanted looks.

12. Quiet (or Secret) Place

Bench in front of a white hydrangea bush.
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Even in a smaller yard, you can tuck a nice hydrangea bush in a corner and set a bench in front of it for the perfect quiet spot at the end of the day (or first thing in the morning).

Check out these other front yard landscaping ideas.

13. Add a Couple of Pots to the Front Door

Potted pink hydrangeas on each side of the front door of the house.
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Hydrangeas can significantly enhance your landscape and help create curb appeal. These versatile, flowering shrubs provide a long blooming season and beautiful, vibrant colors in your front yard.

Plant your hydrangeas in groups or as singular specimens to create focal points. Place them along walkways or driveways to create a welcoming path, or use them as a border between your home and the sidewalk. Mix them with low maintenance plants like evergreen shrubs and trees to ensure year-round interest.

14. Use Hydrangeas as Foundation Plants

a row of stone houses with huge hydrangea bushes lined up in front of the buildings.
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Hydrangeas are ideal foundation plants for homes, as they soften the hard lines of a building’s architecture.

Plant hydrangeas near the entryway, along the front-facing walls, around porches, or behind a white picket fence for a colorful and inviting appearance. Mix them with other foundation plants, such as boxwood shrubs, hostas, azaleas, and rhododendron.

Evergreen shrubs are great for providing contrasting foliage and color throughout the year.

15. Best Hydrangea Varieties to Use

limelight hydrangea paniculata shrub.
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You can mix and match with so many varieties and create the perfect look for your front yard. Here are just a few to get you started:

  • Kimono™ Bigleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla Hokomabebos’) – a GORGEOUS two-tone blooming plant with crimson-red margins and white centers. WOW!
  • Munchkin Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Munchkin’) – a dwarf variety that is perfect for smaller yards.
  • Torch Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘HPOPR018’) – a STUNNING baby pink and white early bloomer.
  • Lime Rickey® Smooth Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens ‘SMNHALR’) – lime green blooms that will set your landscape apart from anyone else’s
  • Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris) – perfect for shady spots!
  • Tuff Stuff™ Reblooming Mountain Hydrangea (Hydrangea serrata ‘MAK20’) – if you’re looking for a great color show through the seasons, this is a must-have!
  • Endless Summer® Twist-n-Shout® Bigleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘PIIHM-I’) – this is a re-blooming variety that produces deep pink or periwinkle flowers (depending on the soil’s pH) from late spring through fall.
  • Pinky Winky® Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘DVPPinky’) – beautiful large blossoms perfect for cutting flowers, and pollinators love them.

16. Choose Hydrangeas by Color

purple hydrangea flowers.
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As you plan your front yard hydrangea garden, look at the color of the plants you choose and when they’ll be in bloom.

Hydrangeas come in many colors, and there are many ways to mix and match different types of hydrangeas with other plants. Here is want you can expect in color for your plants:

  1. white – classic and elegant varieties, such as the Annabelle hydrangeas
  2. pink – ranging from pale pink to vibrant shades
  3. blue – blue hydrangeas are highly sought after and are often associated with a sense of tranquility
  4. purple – adding a touch of royalty to the garden with a deep blue hydrangea bush
  5. green – featuring chartreuse or lime green tones. The Limelight hydrangea is an excellent choice if you want green hydrangeas
  6. red – while red is not a common color, it can make a bold and eye-catching statement in the garden. Try Grateful red hydrangea for GORGEOUS scarlet red balls pollinators love!
  7. bi-color or multi-color – some hydrangeas bloom display multiple colors. The BloomStruck big leaf hydrangea is one of these, where the flowers range from bright pink to royal blue and everything in between.

Bloom time for different hydrangeas varies from early spring to late fall, so choose plants that bloom at different times to ensure continuous color in your landscape through the growing season.

17. Great Plants That Compliment Hydrangeas In the Landscape

Hydrangeas and bouganvillea.
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Landscaping with hydrangeas in front of your house is one of the easiest ways to bring a sense of serenity, beauty, nostalgia, and joy all at the same time. Hydrangeas add a natural elegance to your front yard and create a welcoming atmosphere: the perfect picture to greet you every day you come home.

And since hydrangea plants are so easy to maintain, mix them up with equally easygoing plants, such as: 

  • astilbes offer feathery plumes of color that complement the hydrangea’s large blooms
  • ferns provide delicate greenery that contrasts nicely with hydrangeas
  • geraniums add a splash of color at the base of your hydrangea plants
  • azaleas will create an attractive, fragrant border in front of your house
  • rosemary is evergreen and can add color throughout the year, even when the hydrangeas are not blooming.

See more companion plants for hydrangeas.

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Adriana Copaceanu is a passionate nature lover living in the country on her dream property where she grows vegetables, lavender, and wildflowers that she shares with the wildlife they attract. When she's not in the garden, she loves spending time with her chickens and planning her next nature project. Check out her books below:

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