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Plant an Oakleaf Hydrangea in a Shade Garden

This is the time of year I absolutely love! The mornings are nice and comfortably warm to be able to sit outside, but by late afternoon it’s nice and hot. In the yard, my garden is finally filling in and lush! We have some really large trees on our property, and so we have quite a few shade garden areas. When we first moved in, I struggled with finding plants that would be pretty, and have some flowers so the tree areas didn’t look too bare. One shrub that came from a division in my mom’s yard was an Oakleaf Hydrangea. It quickly has become one of my favorite features in the yard! It’s planted in our secret path area and makes a nice statement just before the arbor.

Oakleaf hydrangea blooming with white flowers

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The nice thing about the Oakleaf Hydrangea is that it grows all over North America. It is an understory tree (a lot like my Forest Pansy Redbud), so it’s perfect in those shady areas and under larger, towering trees!

Oakleaf hydrangea wiith white flowers

It will grow 3 -12 feet tall. Mine seems to have topped out at about 6 feet, which is perfect for the area I have it in.

Midsummer Oakleaf hydrangea turning from cream to pink

The flowers are pretty in every stage! They start as a creamy white, and then fade to a really pretty pink and dry to a rusty brown. The flowers of the Oakleaf Hydrangea are great for dried arrangements as well.

Oakleaf hydrangea turning pink to brown

I love clipping the Oakleaf hydrangea at every stage. It’s almost hard not to over clip it and leave it alone.

Oakleaf hydrangea with pink flowers turning brown

The large leaves make a statement in the landscape on their own!

Leaves of the Oakleaf Hydrangea

They also make a really amazing  vase filler. While they don’t always last as long as other flowers, for a few days they look amazing!  Their large, glossy leaves add some real drama.

Oakleaf hydrangea in a vase

What I also love is I’ve accidentally rooted them in a vase, and been able to transplant them!  Forget about something in a vase long enough, it’s either going to die or grow. This one mostly grows. I kind of love happy accidents like that (check out this post to find out about other plants you can root in water.).

They seem hardier than other hydrangeas as well. I have quite a few varieties in my yard and these are quite robust. They have to be my second favorite next to my pinky-winkies. You can find an Oakleaf Hydrangea to purchase here under live plants.

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