Answer: You can grow a wide variety of plants including those that like full sun and those that like part shade. You might try bulbs and perennials such as daffodils and crocus, dwarf iris, Heuchera, Baptisia, Salvia, Lilium, Hemerocallis, Echinacea purpurea, tall border Phlox, Papavar, Sedum, Boltonia, Solidago, Helenium, Thyme, Perovskia, Dahlias and Asters --just for a start. Some annuals to add might include petunias, salvia, cosmos, cleome, nicotiana, sunflower and bachelor buttons. Your local professional nursery staff should be able to show you many more plants that would thrive there.
Hydrangeas prefer growing in rich, moist, well draining soil with morning sun and afternoon shade. Amend your planting beds with organic matter prior to planting your hydrangeas (and other plants). Water deeply once or twice a week and they should all be happy.
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