Can I grow beautiful hydrangeas in my climate?
I spent six months in Japan a couple years ago and I was amazed by the flowers, especially the hydrangeas. Since I returned to California all the hydrangeas I see look unhappy. I've wanted my own beautiful hydrangeas for years but I'm worried that if I do grow them they won't be happy, and I'll just look at them and think of how much better they looked in Japan.
Should I try it anyway? I have a shady yard with lots of different exposures - morning, afternoon or all-day shade, as well as dappled or full shade. I was thinking I could get a few hydrangeas and pot them and move them around to see which spot they like best. Will hydrangeas tolerate living in a pot for a year or two?