Rethinking doing rhododendrons, hydrangea's may be better?
I originally asked about rhodo's in the Rhody forum for this area, but now I'm wondering if hydrangea's would be a better choice?
I have a strip against half the back of my house that I just cleaned up. It's about 20' long x 2 1/2' deep. This area in the spring before leafout, gets about 3-3 1/2 hours direct-dappled sun, after leaf out, it only gets about 1.5 -2hrs direct sun than the rest dappled to shade. I have a full size maple not too far from my house that shades this area. The bed is OK on moisture being right next to the house. I know I would have to water the first year, but I think after that they would be ok (I do have 1 of my waterbarrels and my outside faucet on this side, so getting water to them is not an issue). Just a bit away from the house it can get wet, but no actual standing water.
I have 2 Big Daddy's in the front of my house that are doing wonderful, except sometimes it does get a little hot and the flower heads droop/wilt someday's(this area gets more sun, about 2 more hrs, 1 of those being around noon, than shaded by my house). So I thought maybe the back would be perfect for some more hydrangea's. I would really like to get some Lacecap's. Those are my favorite. I love my big flowers head's on the BD's, but there's something so delicate about the lacecap's. So since I really don't know anything about different lacecap's, what would be good for the area in zone5? Which color is not much of a biggie. I would prefer not to have white though. I know white would pop out more in the shade, but I do want some color. I don't want 1 that will get over about 4 ft, I don't mind having to prune if the hydrangea respond's well to pruning. I actually like to prune, it's very relaxing to me :)
If this is the wrong place for this, please don't hesitate to say so, I won't take any offense. I wasn't sure since there is no hydrangea trade forum's and I thought there would be more hydrangea people on here compared to the plant exchange. If anybody has some rooted cuttings of lacecaps that would work, please check my trade page out and let me know. I know I do need to have rooted cuttings as I don't think I could root them myself. I would like to put 4 lacecaps back there. They don't have to be all the same either.
Thanks for your help