17/10/2014 at 17:16
I have to agree with most of the comments above. Hydrangeas like water - the clue is in the name. I have also found that astrantias struggle in too much shade of any kind. Agree with Nut - plants for dry shade need to be able to cope without extra watering by the gardener! some Japanese anemones do well - the pink, single ones I find - although they take a while to get established.