Tour a Georgia Garden Where Hydrangeas and Vintage Collectibles Rule

This beautiful, old-fashioned garden is full of charming vignettes and lots and lots of hydrangeas.

November 22, 2019

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Supersized Containers

Douglasville, Georgia resident Susanne Hudson is the co-founder of the annual Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival each June which celebrates this lovely Southern flowering plant. Hudson's own yard is a monument to the versatility of hydrangeas of every variety. Enormous terra-cotta pots are a dramatic way of displaying mature hydrangeas on Hudson's lawn.

Metal Greenhouse

A dramatic, beckoning feature in her Douglasville, Georgia garden, Susanne Hudson's greenhouse is a place to display her collections, but also to unwind and spend time.

A Restorative, Restful Garden

Susanne Hudson relaxes in her lovely metal greenhouse in her Georgia backyard, home to various collections and a great place to read or spend time.

A Gardening-Centered Design Scheme

Illustrating her epic creativity and ready supply of vintage items — often donated by friends — Susanne has used rusty tools to create an arbor and an installation on a concrete pillar in her DIY garden design.

Breathtaking Garden Room

A way to enjoy her garden no matter what they weather, as well as highlight her love of antiques, Susanne Hudson's pretty greenhouse offers many visual delights.

Display Case

Glass jars, trays and shelves put Susanne's many collections front and center in her eclectic greenhouse.

Garden Gear Everywhere

Tools serve not just a functional use in Susanne's garden, but also serve as decoration as seen in these vintage metal rakes and shovels that ornament her large garden shed.

Oakleaf Hydrangea

Delicate 'Ruby Slippers' oakleaf hydrangeas are just some of the hundreds of varieties of hydrangeas growing in Susanne Hudson's Georgia garden.

Victorian-Style Collections

Further lending Susanne's lovely greenhouse-conservatory a beautifully vintage, Victorian vibe are these marble bowls holding a collection of various seashells.

A Surplus of Wit

Susanne Hudson — who also owns an antique store — has worked to create many lovely, witty moments in her garden and outbuildings including this clever greenhouse vignette with birds and prize-winning ribbons.

Hydrangea Grove

A grove of hydrangeas is set against one of the striking sculptures that define this Georgia garden.

All-Purpose Garden Shed

Susanne gave this large garden shed some brightness by painting the interior a crisp white.

Shed Exterior

A large shed to store rakes and terra cotta pots and a variety of garden tools becomes its own work of art with clever clusters of watering cans and other garden accessories that become thematic works of art when hung outside the shed.

Crisp White

A crisp white fence is a dramatic juxtaposition with colorful hydrangea in this Georgia garden.

Vintage Touches

Vintage children's toys and indoor lamps used outdoors bring a strong sense of personal style to Susanne Hudson's charm-filled garden.

Seek Shelter

A clever teepee form allows pole beans to grow and encircle this sculpture.

Plenty of Garden Vignettes

Greek columns help define a garden room, create a passageway and provide a beautiful garden focal point.

Annabelle Hydrangea

Perennially popular Annabelle hydrangeas grow blossoms on new wood each year and grow well as hedges.

Office Space

A corner of Susanne's greenhouse serves as a work space decorated with bird cages and natural elements.

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