Little Lime started the list of recent compact paniculatas last year and this european shrub lengthens the list. It is advertised even "more" dwarf than Little Lime. As with other paniculatas, it too is hardy to Zone 3. Turns light pink later on. Many people have strong opinions about pinks so, make sure you like the shade of pink. I would have chosen another name though...
Luis, when I first got 'into' gardening about 4 years ago Hydrangeas were the spectacular flower for shady locations but is it my imagination in that *now* most descriptions of (newer?) hydrangea cultivars list SUN or PSUN for the aspect. Has it always been that way?
There are different types of hydrangeas. The ones that can take a lot of sun are paniculata. Paniculata and oakleaf hydrangeas flower better with more sun and often languish in too much shade.
My old hydrangea P.G. put on a show for years (at our old place) but then died after I planted a couple of ornamental cherry trees near it. The trees took over the canopy in just a few years (3 to 4?) and the P.G. just gave it up. Luckily I took a few cuttings before it kicked the bucket and those cuttings are now a 7 foot high - 8 foot across shrub growing in full sun at our new place. Handles drought fairly well too.
Here are some of the newer hybrid panciulatas growing in full sun (Chattanooga, TN)
"Has it always been that way?" Well, I would say yes and no. I live in the southern states and over here, the leaves in direct contact with the sun get scorched during the summer months if the hydrangea is planted in full sun. But as we get closer to the northern states close to Canada, the summer sun is not as strong as in Texas so hydrangeas can also grow in either part shade or full sun. As a matter of fact, I remember driving through New Hampshire and Massachusetts while visiting my MIL Macrophyllas grew in part shade or full sun. And many paniculatas grew as stand alone trees in full sun.
I think that the introduction of reblooming macrophyllas probably helped the change. As the nurseries realized that a lot of people in the north were going to plant these macrophyllas there, they changed the plant labels to include some notation about "part shade or full sun". Personally, I believe they should clarify that further. Meaning say something like "FS in the northern states only" and "PS in the South".
hcmcdole, that is a nice picture. Do you know what is the shrubbery in front of the paniculatas? It is a good way to cover the legginess that some paniculatas have!
I actually had the opposite problem. I tried planting lilacs here in Texas and lost my first two because I placed them in FS, the location given in just about every place that sells lilacs. But here in Texas, that does not work. They require some protection from the afternoon summer sun and they all got scorched by early June. I finally planted one in a shadier spot and had success. I should note that over here, we also need to plant "warm" lilacs or Descanso-hybrids that do not require much winter chill.
Yes, those were coleus in front of those hydrangeas.
I gave up on lilacs here in the south - too hot, too humid - causes a lot of mildew. When I visited my sister when she lived in Bismarck, ND I saw 20 to 25 foot trees lining their back yard - to my amazement they were lilacs! We just have to be content with crepe myrtles.
Here are some different hydrangeas at the same nursery in Chattanooga.
Hi pirle.Glad to see you are still up and at it! All is well here...just getting too many years under my belt. My Gchildren are doing me up proud Danielle is off to Bhutan next week.Kevin arrives home from Indonesia on Tuesday.Jared Graduates from UNB on the Dean's list for all 4 years.Amanda has become a very poised ,competent and beautiful young lady .How lucky can I get?
Hope you and Jack are in good health.I''d love to hear from you.