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What hydrangea for zone 5 and more sun?

Posted by kentstar 5b NE Ohio (My Page) on
Thu, Sep 22, 11 at 19:41

I am thinking of redoing my hydrangea bed. Right now I only have planted some purple dome asters, a F&E Blue Heaven hydrangea, and a daylily there. It's a small bed of only about 6 ft wide by 4 ft deep maybe? Small I know lol.

The F&E hydrangea hasn't done well there and I have no where else to plant her. Too much sun there maybe? A lot of her leaves are "burnt looking" all year. I am getting a soil test of the area. Should get the test back any day now.

I need a hydrangea that can withstand with ease my zone 5b NE Ohio winters. The bed would face south and is situated on the north side of my house. The area does stay pretty moist I think as the asters do very well there!
If fact the asters will take over in no time, which I din't know when I planted the purple domes lol. The tend to crowd out the hydrangea.

So, any word on a cold hardy hydrangea that doesn't mind more sun (like sun from morning till about 3 or 4 o'clock?

Here's a pic of the bed from last year. The asters now encompass the whole front of the bed!


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RE: What hydrangea for zone 5 and more sun?

  • Posted by chohio 5-6 Dayton Ohio (My Page) on
    Fri, Sep 23, 11 at 7:25

The Limelight will do great, but eventually will take up most of the bed, although you could probably plant a few things around the base. I would assume Little Lime holds up as well, but not sure. I have two Limelights in full sun here in Dayton.

RE: What hydrangea for zone 5 and more sun?

Any H. paniculata (including Limelight). H. heteromalla is good in full sun too if you can find it. Any variety of H. arborescens will do ok in full sun as well. H. arborescens is the only 'small' hydrangea of the three though.

RE: What hydrangea for zone 5 and more sun?

Annabelle would be lovely there. I have her in full sun in one of my garden beds and she does great.

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