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.
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