Hydrangea Macrophylla
Hydrangea Macrophylla

Bloom time: Summer

Zones: 4 – 9

There are now many Dwarf hydrangeas that can be included in the shade garden.

Technically they are bushes but I love them so much that I feel compelled to mention them here.

Cityline Hydrangea
Cityline Hydrangea

The Cityline series is bred for compactness.

Pink Lacecap Hydrangea
Pink Lacecap Hydrangea

The color of the blooms of most hydrangeas depends upon the acidity (blue) or alkalinity (pink) of the soil.

Hydrangea Macrophylia 'Pistachio'
Hydrangea Macrophylia ‘Pistachio’

I particularly like Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Pistachio’ because it is a dwarf plant with different colors than you normally see in Hydrangeas (red blooms with lime green centers), and the color is unaffected by soil PH.

Hydrangea bushes typically bloom all summer and into the fall.

Note: There are a few different varieties of Hydrangea with different sunlight requirements, so make sure you are getting one that is meant to grow in the shade.  Click HERE to get more information on Hydrangeas.

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