The Q&A Archives: Hydrangea

Question: Looking to plant a Hydrangea and am a little confused. Most of the tags say shade and then I am also reading 4-6 hours of sun. I would like to plant it in a area that is shaded but not dense shade. Will this work? I know they don't like real hot wheater or sun. The store has several varieties and I was looking at Endless Summer. Somehting that does not get too tall and round.

Answer: Hydrangeas will flower best if they get 4-6 hours of sunshine. They also tend to wilt in hot afternoon sunshine. So, the best spot in the garden would be one that gets direct morning sunshine and protection from hot afternoon sun. This can be full afternoon shade such as from a building or dense tree, or filtered afternnon shade such as under the canopy of a deciduous tree. Endless Summer hydrangeas will adapt to even less sunshine so the site you describe should be just fine. Enjoy your new hydrangeas!

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