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Most hydrangeas only need morning sunlight. There is one exception to this rule in that is the hydrangea paniculata. The panicle hydrangea or hydrangea paniculata can soak up Sun all day long. Of course, they do well in shaded regions just the same as any other hydrangeas so if you happen to have a garden that gets morning sunlight but afternoon shade, you can quite literally pick any variety of hydrangea.
The reason for this timing is at the morning sunlight is lighter, not nearly as harsh so it gives the plant the sunlight it needs to continue growing but without burning the leaves. The afternoon sun is much hotter and can cause damage to the plant.
Pinky Winky hydrangea
The Pinky Winky hydrangea grows well in full sun. It is a fun hybrid that provides two-tone flowers and thrives in urban areas. This is a deciduous shrub and a panicle hydrangea that can grow up to 6 feet in height and 6 feet in width. It blooms from the middle of summer through the first frost and features annual blooms that can be cropped into the shape of a hedge or a tree. It prefers moist, well-drained soil. The pH level does not matter.
The limelight hydrangea gives you a refreshing lime color to the flowers and is adorable in its size and shape. This is also a panicle hydrangea that does well with more sunlight but can handle ample amounts of afternoon shade just as well. It’s a deciduous shrub that can grow between six and eight feet in height and width. It will bloom in the middle of summer all the way through fall and as the light green blooms fade they start to turn a slight pink color eventually becoming beige. This is a very heat tolerant plant that grows well in containers or in the ground. It prefers moist, well-drained soil.
The quick-fire hydrangea grows incredibly quickly. It will bloom one month before other flowers. It also reblooms near the end of fall. There is a dwarf sibling you can choose if you have a smaller garden. This deciduous panicle flower prefers full sunlight to partial sunlight. It is very drought tolerant, works well in containers, can be used as a hedge, and prefers moist, well-drained soil.