Tall Hydrangea for Zone 5 in Deep Shade
I would like a tall shrub (about 6' tall) to screen off my bedroom window from my neighbor's window 20' away!! yowza! This is along the north side of my house.
The first one or two plants (at the east end) would receive some morning sun but the rest (moving toward the west) wouldn't get much sun. I've heard/read lots of great things about Annabelles including the lady at the garden shop who said she has annabelles that are 6' tall and she had to reach over her head to cut the flowers. she also said hers are on the north side of house, no sun, etc. and are great every year. I was sold on them (haven't bought yet) but came home and since reading more on the web, am afraid they would all flop over. The tags all say 4' tall or so. anyone else with 6' tall annabelle's?
Have also read Limelight would get tall enough but sounds like it wouldn't be happy in my shady north side.
I think the macrophylla types are not hardy enough for my zone. i planted them at my old house 5 miles away and they had only 2 or 3 blooms, disappointing.
I guess I'm really wanting to hear how tall your annabelles get. Is my garden shop lady right and they get bigger than the "directions" say or does she have some kind of H.freak-abelle and they mostly follow the stated height?
Also, how does the flop factor play in? I don't care if some of them splat on the ground as long as some of them remain standing enough to provide privacy.