Hydrangeas are a popular and hardy deciduous shrub, with some climbing varieties, that produce exquisitely large balls of beautiful flowers. There is also a variety that produces the flowers in cone shapes instead of balls.
These flowers can range from white, to blue, red or pink that can even be affected by the soil and change colours. You could get several varieties that flower at different times and have blooms a majority of the year (April-October).
Hydrangeas typically like a partially shaded or sheltered spot and moist, but well drained soil. It is also good to put compost around their base annually to help feed them. Avoid planting them in south-facing positions and if the area you wish to use is very shady, try planting a climbing variety there. The best time to plant hydrangeas is in spring or autumn, if planting in summer, be sure not to let it dry out.
Hydrangeas are an excellent addition to any partially shady garden and will reward you with incredible, eye-catching blooms.