Landscape Design forum: Which Hydrangea would you put in this spot?

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Jan 19, 2018 9:41 PM CST
I live in zone 5a.

The location: located on the north side of our house alongside our wraparound porch. Our house is a square farmhouse, with a porch on the entire west side that wraps around to the north side. There are very few trees on the west to provide any shade in the afternoon. The porch wraps around to the north side and then ends on a deck out the north side of our house. The deck is deeper than the porch by 4 feet. The area where I want tonplant hydrangeas is along the north side of the wrap around porch. It is about 15 feet long. The eastern most 10 feet is full shade. The last 5 feet on the west side gets sunlight on the afternoon and evening. Height from the ground to the top of the rail is roughly 6 feet.

Hydrangea ideas: I would like a white hydrangea, either mophead or panicle. I was thinking Invincibelle as they would probably do better in the shade, but I am concerned about that last 5 feet on the west side and too much afternoon sunlight. I also would like something that produces blooms throughout the season, so I am also considering a panicle type, either limelight or little limelight. But since both are a panicle type, they tolerate sun better. Can they still do well in shade? My other consideration is size. The ground to railing height is 6 feet. I don't mind the shrubs sticking up a bit above the railing, but probably no more than a foot. I am afraid the limelight may be too big, but the little lime a bit too small. The nice thing about the panicle type is they bloom on new wood, so I can prune for sizing in the late fall or late winter. I believe the invincibelle blooms on old wood, so there is more finesse involved with pruning.

One other consideration is that I already have 2 strawberry vanilla hydrangeas planted on the west side of the porch, flanking the steps up to the porch. They are still quite small as I just planted them last summer.

Or if you have any other suggestions of other hydrangeas, I would welcome them! Smiling
Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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Jan 19, 2018 9:54 PM CST
I have Incrediball hydrangea and love it. It gets a lot of sun on the north side of my yard along with a lot of gravel dust and very little care. It's about 5 feet tall and that's as tall as they have gotten in the 5 or so years that I've had them.

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