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.
The Cityline series is bred for compactness.
The color of the blooms of most hydrangeas depends upon the acidity (blue) or alkalinity (pink) of the soil.
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.