Hydrangea In Mostly Shade Does Not Grow And Leaves Turn Brown

Question From: MISSISSIPPI
Q: This is the second year of my oak leaf hydrangea being planted in the ground. It is in the shade until about 4:00 pm and gets about an hour and a half of afternoon sun. I’m in central Mississippi. We have had much rain on and off this year. Leaves come out green but turn brown. The plant had not grown one bit. Help!
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A: Your hydrangea is in terrible shape. Planting a hydrangea near a large tree is problematic as it cannot compete with the tree roots for moisture and nutrients. Your hydrangea also does not receive enough sun. Four hours of morning sun would be perfect. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy