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How much sun do hydrangeas need in North MS

Posted by michele_1 MS 7 (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 9, 07 at 10:27

Trying to figure out just how much sun / shade plants get in a shade garden is nearly impossible. The sun / shade mix changes constantly throughout the day.

How much sun / shade do ladies in red need to bloom in North Mississippi?? More sun they get wilty looking, even if I water lots / less sun they don't bloom. I planted these hydrangeas - some last fall, some this spring.

I want some blooms!!!
Thanks, Michele_1

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RE: How much sun do hydrangeas need in North MS

Hydrangea in MS would prefer morning sun and probably need at least 3 hours of it to bloom well.

RE: How much sun do hydrangeas need in North MS

Hi There:

I live in Memphis just above you. My Hydrangeas seem to
do best on the South side of my house. There is a 30' canopy above them of Pin Oak. The Hydrangea on the West side doesn't get as much Sun and only has 2 or 3 blooms a year. I am thinking about moving it. There is a house near me that has Hydrangeas all across the front in full Sun they are covered in blooms. I always thought Hydrangeas needed shade. Go Figure.

RE: How much sun do hydrangeas need in North MS

Doesn't it depend on the type of hydrangea (paniculata vs macrophylla vs aborescens, etc.)? Have to say I'm fairly new to hydrangeas with only a couple of years of experience but I have 2 different panicle hydrangeas which seem to need a lot of sun to bloom well. I just purchased a macrophylla, which needs protection in my climate but is meant to do well in shade. I'll have to see what happens next year.

I am guessing that lady in red is a macrophylla so that makes me a bit nervous for my chances of blooms as the spot I chose is very shady!

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