Rural Gardens in Clark County, WA - Heavenly Hydrangeas

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

When you live in a more rural area, with a bit of acreage, it's likely your gardens will have various lighting conditions. For example, at our multi-gen home in Camas, we have gardens in full sun, partial sun, and light-dappled shade. Therefore, one of our favorite foundation plants is the hydrangea. There are many varieties of hydrangeas, thriving in full sun to partial shade.

The Panicle Hydrangea is the most sun tolerant and has lovely pyramid shaped flowers from about July through September. As with most hydrangeas, the blooms change color as they age. Ours change from white to pink. Bigleaf and Oakleaf hydrangeas are also good choices for a sun-filled garden, but they also do well in partial shade. 

Most of  hydrangeas are going to bloom well in partial shade, providing they get about 3 hours of sunshine each day. We have big leaf and oak leafs in our partial shade gardens too. On the north side of our house, we have a bombshell hydrangea (panicle) that gets about 3-4 hours of sun a day. It's thriving. In addition, we have several (blue-pink) lace-cap hydrangeas that do well on the east side of our house. They too get about 3-4 hours of mid-day sunshine. 

Our shady gardens still get a degree of light - most do. It's pretty unusual to have full shade. Even then, some hydrangeas will still bloom, although not as profusely as those with dappled light. Hydrangeas in deep shade also have a tendency to get leggy as they try to reach for the light. In our shadiest garden, we have Hydrangea macrophylla ( big leaf).  This one opens in lime green, turns white, then ages to pale green.

Regardless of light conditions, hydrangeas prefer well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. They also need plenty of water during periods of heat/or drought. They are normally perfect for our Pacific Northwest weather, but this summer has been atypically hot with multiple 100 degree plus days. We've noticed some afternoon wilting and have been careful to make sure they get a deep watering in advance of a particularly hot day. 

We specialize in ViewHomes™ of Clark County, homes with acreage and views. Our clients value Nature As Neighbors, and homes with elbow room for the soul™. 




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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Debb,

Those are gorgeous. It is wonderful when you have different lighting that can support a variety of plants and flowers.

Aug 29, 2017 10:03 AM #1
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I love hydrangeas.  As you can imagine, they don't last long outdoors in Colorado.  Very pretty.

Aug 29, 2017 11:53 AM #2
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Debb & Bernie - Great information here - thanks! Mary & I have been planning our garden planting and were just talking about how nice some hydrangeas would look and where we might fit them.

Aug 29, 2017 11:59 AM #3
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

I included hydrangeas in my landscaping plan about 14 years ago because I've always loved them. I still do - but the bugs have gotten the better of them. I spray organically and it helps for a while, but they always return.  How do you deal with that?

Aug 29, 2017 12:23 PM #4
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - Your hydrangeas are lovely! I know they give you joy. I love mine too! Yours look loved and cared for. I'm convinced, you care about every living thing, person, plants, and animals too. 

Aug 29, 2017 01:16 PM #5
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Debb-These are sooo pretty. I had hydrangeas in my garden. 100+ plus temps is mighty warm. We had a decent summer with not as many 90* temps. Happy Tuesday.

Aug 29, 2017 01:23 PM #6
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Hi Debb - funny but I could almost smell the flowers and the surroundings. Oh how I would love to be in country setting this afternoon. Very hot here.

Aug 29, 2017 03:44 PM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We both love hydrangeas, and they are so beautiful.  I have seen one around here that make a very neglected looking home better because of it.  I just need to take a photo.  A

Aug 29, 2017 03:58 PM #8
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debb, I just passed your post on to Diane, I keep telling her  extra water on hot days.... thank you for the third party advice I could pass to her:))Endre

Aug 29, 2017 04:53 PM #9
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Deb, what beautiful flowers and never have had one in my yard.   Beautiful blooms!  

Aug 30, 2017 06:23 AM #10
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debb, they are beautiful. We had one in our backyard at the townhouse we sold this year and I would sit out on the patio and admire it. I do not have the amazing green thumb that you do and it was always an easy keeper.

Aug 30, 2017 10:04 AM #11
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Debb and Bernie -- I never thought about the different lighting conditions when living on acreage.  Obviously the hydrangeas in your garden love the attention you provide.  

Aug 30, 2017 11:44 AM #12
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

At my childhood home, there were many hydrangeas which grew on one side of our house.  I miss them.

Sep 06, 2017 05:09 PM #13
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