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Name: Britnay
Detroit Mi (Zone 6a)
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1hugaholic
Dec 14, 2016 11:03 AM CST
We recently purchased a home where the previous owner planted some Wedding Ring hydrangeas on the front of the home.
Since these are still quite young,(maybe a year old at best) I am researching what type of flowers are compatible with these beauties. I would like to plant an annual flower to fill in and make my front porch fill with color. ( I want an annual because I enjoy planting new flowers each spring)
Any suggestions?
So far I have petunias but that's about it. lol
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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Dec 14, 2016 11:31 AM CST
What exposure does your house face? This will influence choices.
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Name: Britnay
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1hugaholic
Dec 14, 2016 11:33 AM CST
From what I can tell so far, the front of the home will get morning and possibly afternoon sun. We have a large tree off the side road that will most likely bring shade as the day goes on in the late afternoon.
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Name: Britnay
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1hugaholic
Dec 14, 2016 11:34 AM CST
I just realized I spelled companion wrong. lol!!! Rolling on the floor laughing
I should have double checked that before posting.
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Name: greene
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greene
Dec 14, 2016 11:40 AM CST
It's fixed now!

The Petunias are a good choice by they might like more sun than the Hydrangea.
I like Johnny Jump Ups although the color may clash with your Hydrangea.
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Name: Britnay
Detroit Mi (Zone 6a)
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1hugaholic
Dec 14, 2016 11:45 AM CST
lol thank you! I grew up homeschooled so spelling and grammar were a huge thing to mess up. haha! (Don't tell my mom or my homeschool group leader!) Whistling
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Dec 14, 2016 5:48 PM CST
That hydrangea has a different flower colour depending on the soil pH, did you see them flower this year to know whether they are leaning towards blue or pink?
Name: Britnay
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1hugaholic
Dec 15, 2016 6:25 AM CST
Unfortunately no. We just saw the home for the first time a week ago, and it's been snowy out.
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sooby
Dec 15, 2016 7:04 AM CST
I assume they still had the label on them and that's how you know they are Wedding Ring (actual cultivar name 'Fanfare')? There are quite a few possibilities depending on what height you're looking for, whether you want contrasting or harmonious colours (at this point it would have to be something that goes with both pink and blue since we don't know which it is) and will like the same conditions. I would think wax begonias would work if you don't want much height, they're very reliable, flower non-stop until frost and come in different shades of pink (and red and white but the former would clash and the latter wouldn't give as much colour, which is what you said you were looking for).

Browallia would also work, its blue and has a little more height but may be harder to find. New Guinea impatiens come in a good range of colours.

Your best bet may be to check out the garden centres in spring and see what you like, then check the label for the plant's preferred conditions, or make a list and ask here if they would be compatible.
Name: Britnay
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1hugaholic
Dec 19, 2016 6:36 AM CST
Those are some good ideas there. Thank you!
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woofie
Dec 19, 2016 11:16 AM CST
Blue Pimpernels are a nice little plant with lovely small bright blue flowers. I grow them as annuals here; they occasionally self seed.
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Another pretty airy small plant is pink Gypsophila muralis. They make a tidy mound covered with tiny pink flowers.
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