If you want to give a surprise factor in your home, pick a hydrangea color that is in contrast to your home and place them in a large vase. This would make your visitors immediately focus on the arrangement and sooth their souls.
Lily of the Valley ( Convallaria majalis ) makes a wonderful ground cover perennial. The very fragrant flowers appear in abundance in April and May. They are ideal for growing in wild or woodland gardens or use for ground cover in a damp shaded border. They form dense colonies which can last a lifetime.
Container Garden: Don't forget to include EDIBLE flowers! (pin links to pdf list of edible flowers via Arizona Cooperative Extension) "In most cases the petals are eaten. Stems, pistils, and stamens (the male and female parts in the center of the blossom) should be removed for best flavor." Please visit my Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/jolly.ollie.77
Hydrangea paniculata Little Lime ('Jane') (PBR) - It may be half the size of its sibling 'Limelight', but this fab new hydrangea still packs pretty good punch. It has strong stems that support the weight of the conical, lime green flowers, which fade to cream and then pink as the season progresses. Grate where space is limited, but you want a hard-working and colourful plant, it can also be grown in large pots if kept well watered.
Cosmos 'Sonata Hot Pink Mixed' - Large, daisy-like flowerheads, that come in an array of white and pink shades, appear non-stop throughout the summer and right up until the first frosts. Superb as border plants, they will also flourish in large pots - and their fine, feathery foliage is also attractive.
Sometimes a large planter that is dramatic is all you need. This planter, coupled with the bedding plants behind, gives a dramatic focal point at the end of a pool that can be seen from all angles. Bright mixes of color cascade from the base while the tropical palm adds drama and height.