Do hydrangeas thrive in a sunny spot?

Do hydrangeas thrive in a sunny spot?

Which hydrangeas can tolerate the sun?

As a rule of thumb, the darker the hydrangea's flower color, the better the plant can cope with full sun.

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Can take full sun:

  • Oak-leaved hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)
  • Panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata)

If you have the opportunity to shade the hydrangea during the hot midday hours, you can also use one

  • Velvet hydrangea (Hydrangea aspera)
  • Climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris)
  • Panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata)

plants. The location should be protected from the wind so that the beautiful flower balls do not suffer.

Farmer and forest hydrangeas do not do well in a sunny location. Such a place is not recommended, especially for the white and light species. The attractive blooms would burn in the blazing sun and turn unsightly brown.

Care tips for full sun

If the hydrangea is in full sun, you should protect the soil from excessive evaporation. Mulch the soil around the hydrangea with clippings of grass or bark about seven to ten centimeters thick.

If the plant lets the flower umbels and leaves droop on hot days, this is a self-protection against excessive water loss. Before the plants wither, it is advisable to shade the hydrangea or cover it with a white bed sheet. It stays pleasantly cool under the sheet, as the color dissipates the sun's rays.

Tips & Tricks

The thirsty hydrangea needs a lot of water in full sun. Therefore, water the plant twice a day on hot days. Large hydrangea bushes can easily require up to 50 liters of water a day in the heat.