Posted: 19/02/2016 at 10:59
Hiya Punkdoc,, I suggested astilbes etc., because Cheryl said her hydrangea grows well there. Hydrangeas need moisture. i also suggested digging in compost to help retain moisture.. I guess I suspect the soil is a little less dry than Cheryl supposes.
my own garden is based on sandy loam and mostly in sun yet, with generous additions of compost of different sorts, I can grow astilbes, astrantias, ferns, acteas etc. I do water now and then to produce the best plants I can. Maybe Cheryl can do the same.
(Maybe I just love astilbes too much.....esp a new black foliage variety I now have )