The Q&A Archives: perennials

Question: i have a hydrangea bush in my front yard that never blooms. it gets almsot full shade. is that the problem?

Answer: Lack of sunshine could be the problem - hydrangeas prefer morning sun and afternoon shade, but the lack of bloom might also be due to winter damage. Hydrangeas produce flowers on new growth that comes from old wood. If your hydrangea freezes down to ground level each winter it won't have any old wood from which new flowering shoots can develop. If you live in a mild winter area where it doesn't freeze down to soil level, then lack of sunshine is probably why it doesn't flower. Best wishes with your hydrangea!

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