Most shade tolerant hydrangea

ikea_gwJanuary 23, 2009

I have a wooded backyard with tall oak and tulip trees surrounding a lawn. At the edge of the lawn I have several mophead hydrangeas that are doing great. However, I want to plant some hydrangea under the trees as part of a woodland garden. Lower limbs on the trees are trimmed so there is filtered light but I still need some shade loving hydrangea. What type might perform well in such a setting? Thanks in advance!

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oakleaf hydrangeas should do well, and annabelle hydrangea.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2009 at 3:21PM
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ALL hydrangeas are shade tolerant - that's the nature of their origins.....woodland understory shrubs. Too much shade will reduce blooming on any type - filtered or dappled light is nearly ideal. Otherwise, morning sun and shade during the hottest part of the day.

Actually, oakleafs and arborescens are a couple of the most sun tolerant species, along with grandiflora. And oakleafs in much shade will not develop very good fall color.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2009 at 9:13PM
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You are welcome to try some of the ones listed below. They are recommended especially for shade in one of my hydrangea books. However, I doubt the author meant 'shade' as in dense shade so allow s o m e light to reach the plant so you can enjoy some blooms.

Immaculata, Maculata, Marechal Foch, Mme. Travouillon, Parzifal, Quadricolor, Soeur Therese

    Bookmark   January 28, 2009 at 8:02PM
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