Is oakleaf a bad idea?
Hi all...I'd love to plant an oakleaf hydrangea and would like your opinions if you think it will work or if I should choose something other than a hydrangea. Here are the details...
- zone 5a (central Indiana)
- fairly protected site; planting location would be on the north side of my house in a corner created by the house and a 6' wood fence. The south side of neighbor's house is approx. 16'ish feet away.
- I believe it will be entirely shaded all day from the shadow of the house. As it grows (assuming it grows!) it may eventually extend past the shade then may get some afternoon sun
- Soil is hard Indiana clay but I can amend if necessary
- Moisture is probably more on the dry side if I had to choose, but I have hose
- Should be plenty of space for it to fill in the entire corner (up to approx. 8' in diameter, then will have to prune if it gets bigger)
I'd love to plant this but I'm a little worried about my zone as I think zone 5a is marginal. If this shrub is not ideal, any suggestions out there? Also, I'm not too familiar with the different oakleaf varieties so perhaps one would work better than another.