City, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Containers. Hydrangea macrophylla 'Schneeball' (Hydrangea 'Schneeball') will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 1.2m after 5-10 years. It isn’t so much a question of do they prefer sun or shade, but rather more of a question of how much sun do hydrangeas need? Viburnum snowball bush is popular and easy to grow. In general, for most hydrangeas except the panicle types, plan to give hydrangeas both sun and shade. It is commonly grown as an ornamental plant for its flowers and berries. This viburnum has been a popular planting since the 1500s, and it's native to Europe and north Africa, as … Even gardeners in very cold climates can be successful with this old favorite 'Annabelle' hydrangea. There are, however, varieties that do well in less or more sun. Annabelle Hydrangea: hydrangea arborescens Planting Zones. Can hydrangeas grow in shade? Morning sun with afternoon shade works beautifully in the South and warmer regions. Commonly used hydrangeas will produce fewer flowers if kept in the shade. The three-inch clusters of snowball flowers start out apple-green and morph to white, eventually fading to a rosy color, as do some hydrangea shrubs.. You can cut the flowers to use in displays. The further north your garden is located, the more sunlight your hydrangeas need. The smooth hydrangeas will produce clusters of white flowers that bloom from the middle of summer all the way through Autumn. Being semi-evergreen, Snowballs create a beautiful spring and fall display in … Cultivation. ; A snowball viburnum bush won’t tolerate a climate colder than U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone 6. Growing smooth hydrangeas. Hydrangeas like dappled or occasional shade, but they will not bloom in heavy shade. Smooth hydrangeas thrive in partial shade. Grow in moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. As well as, wilt if planted in direct sunlight for the whole day. Chinese Snowball Viburnum: zones 6 - 9 Annabelle Hydrangea: zones 3 - 9 Care & Sun. The Snowball Bush is easy to care for and maintain and makes a great focal point for the center of a large yard or for the corner of a foundation planting. The name couldn't be more apt. Hydrangeas may fail to thrive or bloom for the following reasons: too much or too little sun incorrect pH excessive fertilization improper pruning improper moisture improper soil lack of winter protection on certain varieties Sunlight vs. shade It is a common misconception that hydrangeas will thrive in full shade with no direct sun. Snowball hydrangea shrubs grow 4 to 6 feet (1.2 to 1.8 m.) tall, while the viburnums grow 6 to 10 feet (1.8 to 3 m.) tall. As the older flower starts to fade they become green in color. In these zones, afternoon sun sizzles and can easily fry hydrangeas. This large shrub grows into an upright dense mound. 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