Plants that thrive in shadow

Plants that thrive in shadow

After experimenting with various plants in our garden, we discovered that not all of them enjoy sun and some do much better when placed in shade. Such is the case of hydrangeas.

Pink Hydrangea
Pink Hydrangea

The plant in the photo above got its leaves and flowers badly burnt, despite it was located in an area where it was in shade almost all day, except for about two hours at noon. Arguably, that is the period when the sun is most intense. We are attempting to solve this problem by placing a shade cloth above the whole area. We will see the results next year. We also found out that the quality of soil plays a major role for hydrangeas.

In the photo below you can see a hydrangea plant that we had for about two. It hardly flowered.

Hydrangea in bad soil
Hydrangea in bad soil

After replanting it in better quality soil, it looks better.

Hydrangea in good soil
Hydrangea in good soil

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