New to Hydrangeas - Planting in NJ

ATekk(6nj)August 26, 2011

Hi everyone,

I was at Home Depot yesterday during lunch and came across a recent addition of some Hydrangea's in their garden section. $9.99 for 5 gallon very nice sized plants!! The staff was not sure what kind they were as they came delivered unmarked and all blooms were already in the whiteish stage. Needless to say I could not pass up the price and bought that last four they had left. Based on the the slight pigmentation left in the flowers i believe they are the pink/blue mophead kind.

Now to my question...I know this variety does best in full morning sun/afternoon shade but I have also read here and elsewhere that going further north allows them to tolerate more sun. I have a perfect spot in the yard that does not get full sun all day but gets afternoon sun probably between the hours 11/12-5. The spot is just perfect to plant these guys and I was hoping someone could chime in from the area that has successfully planted in afternoon sun.

Thank you everyone!


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dublinbay z6 (KS)

If they were paniculata hydrangeas (blooming the last half of the summer), they'd love that sun shiney spot. However, if they truly are mopheads (blooming the first half of the summer, although a few like Endless Summer do some repeat bloom, or so they tell me), I'd be hesitant about putting them in afternoon sun.

Of course, you can try them there and if they don't like it next season, move them to a better (shadier) spot.

They probably will need lots of water in that location. Let us know how it goes.


    Bookmark   August 29, 2011 at 9:27PM
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Thank you Kate.

I do believe they are mopheads just from the general shape of the dried flowers on the plant when I bought them. My neighbor has the paniculata and his does do very well in full sun.

I appreciate your help and will probably give them a try and just put in the extra effort to give them more water. Unfortunately there isnt a good spot with morning sun to put them and no matter where they go in the backyard it will either be almost full shade or mostly afternoon sun.


    Bookmark   August 30, 2011 at 4:38PM
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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

I have an Annabelle in full shade but it is "bright" shade (as opposed to "dense" shade) so the shrub has no problems with reduced bloomage and stuff like that.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2011 at 8:09PM
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luis_pr...I have two areas very similar to that. They get some morning light for maybe an hour or 2 and then blocked from direct sunlight by a tall fence, but you like you said, bright shade and not dense shade under a tree. I don't think mine are Annabelle but would you say these are better conditions than about 6 hours of direct afternoon sun?


    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 11:17AM
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dublinbay z6 (KS)

I think I'd take a chance with the morning light/shade. My Annabelle likes a bit of sunshine (but not too much), but my mopheads are much happier in mostly shade.


    Bookmark   September 1, 2011 at 5:49PM
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I think that will be the decision. I placed them in their pots in the shadier spot and they seem to be much better during the day. Before by the time I got home the leaves were droopy and would perk up after I watered.

Thank you for your help.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2011 at 8:31PM
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My front gardens are morning shade with afternoon sun until about 5-6 pm. I have Annabelle, two Citylines and Hamburg planted and they do very well in the hot sun. However, my Endless Summer hydrangeas need definite shade along with my Glowing Embers.

I have heard that once the plant is established it can handle sun a bit better, but for now I place the plant in a spot that gets shade from the afternoon sun.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2011 at 12:56PM
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