This large shrub grows into an upright dense mound. It is commonly grown as an ornamental plant for its flowers and berries. The further north your garden is located, the more sunlight your hydrangeas need. As well as, wilt if planted in direct sunlight for the whole day. Snowball bushes growing in colder climates are probably hydrangeas. Cultivation. Grow in moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Suggested uses. Viburnum opulus 'Roseum' is common snowball viburnum, and the shrub's showy blossom clusters look like pristine white snowballs—in spring! 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. In these zones, afternoon sun sizzles and can easily fry hydrangeas. 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. Most popular varieties of hydrangeas prefer early morning sun and shade in the afternoon. Growing smooth hydrangeas. Annabelle Hydrangea: hydrangea arborescens Planting Zones. 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. The smooth hydrangeas will produce clusters of white flowers that bloom from the middle of summer all the way through Autumn. The name couldn't be more apt. Smooth hydrangeas thrive in partial shade. If you’re looking at a shrub that is well over 6 feet (1.8 m.) tall, it is a viburnum. Hydrangeas like dappled or occasional shade, but they will not bloom in heavy shade. There are, however, varieties that do well in less or more sun. 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. In general, for most hydrangeas except the panicle types, plan to give hydrangeas both sun and shade. Chinese Snowball Viburnum: zones 6 - 9 Annabelle Hydrangea: zones 3 - 9 Care & Sun. Commonly used hydrangeas will produce fewer flowers if kept in the shade. Morning sun with afternoon shade works beautifully in the South and warmer regions. 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. 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