All Things Gardening forum: Hydrangea Ruby Slippers, how tough is it?

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Frillylily
Jun 15, 2017 12:22 PM CST
I'm really wanting to put this near a gum tree and it is mostly shade. The soil there is not that great. Is this idea a bust? I had a dappled willow shrub there but it died. I have 2 others there also and they are doing fine. so I don't know what to think. I have a RS hydrangea on the other side but it is mostly full sun and the soil is good. It grew to 4 ft in 3 years and does great for me.
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Philipwonel
Jun 15, 2017 2:36 PM CST
Lilly. Howdy there 😁.
Most everthing under a tree, a big Thumbs down
My edible, New Zealand Spinich, does great, under my huge Camphor tree. Try it ! You might have greens to eat, year round, as i do. Oh ! I do leave leaves on ground.
Hydrangea ! Needs sun !
At any rate, improve soil under gum tree. It will help. Also let leaves stay. They will stop weeds, and make you some leaf mold, to put around plants. Good, free, mulch. Just at hand. Thumbs up
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DaisyI
Jun 15, 2017 3:47 PM CST
Your idea is a bust but you knew that before you asked. Whistling
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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jun 15, 2017 4:48 PM CST
well ok then! I know the soil is not that great, but just wasn't sure about how it would do in shade. So will they do ok in shade if the soil is good?
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jun 15, 2017 5:21 PM CST
No no no Lilly. Its good, info, that you gave, about soil not being good under gum tree.

Hydrangeas do best, if they get morning sun, untill noon time.
And ! Most everything, needs good soil.

I ment that ! You need to enrichen the soil under gum tree, to get, a "shade loving plant", to grow underneath it.
Lovey dubby
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 15, 2017 6:42 PM CST
Hydrangea won't bloom in the shade and won't grow in poor soil. So even if you managed to 'fix' the soil, you will be growing a big green plant that never blooms.
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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jun 15, 2017 10:57 PM CST
Well I meant planting it in different area altogether. I have a spot that has great soil but it is bright shade, not sure that to put there. next to my house on the northwest end/corner.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 16, 2017 9:42 AM CST
That might work. The only way to know for sure is try it. You can always move the house if the bright shade is inadequate. Smiling
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pepper23
Jun 16, 2017 7:20 PM CST
It should be happy there in bright shade.
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NJBob
Jun 16, 2017 8:09 PM CST
I do not have Ruby Slippers but most of my others are in bright shade and seem to like it.f
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jun 16, 2017 9:43 PM CST
This is a pic of the spot I am needing to fill in. I thought about another dappled willow, but I don't know it would catch up to the others and look right? I initially planted 3 in a row to hopefully cover the neighbors place. These shrubs are the property line. Bad soil, tree roots. Morning sun, but shade the rest of the day.

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