Rev up your yard’s shady spots with surprisingly colorful shrubs.
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Photo: Photo by Felder Rushing
Hydrangea (Hydrangea spp.)
Both lacecap and bigleaf hydrangeas bring color to partly shaded locations. Flowers start the show in early summer and continue an eye-catching display until—and beyond—fall frost. Hardiness varies, but new hybrids offer winter hardiness to Zones 4 in bigleaf hydrangeas. Lacecaps are usually hardy in Zones 6 to 9.