Hydrangea paniculata Polar Bear not thriving.
I bought this a few years ago for a bright enough, but shaded corner (ie no direct sunlight) where I needed a shrub of a particular size. I am astonished at how poorly it has come on, and am wondering if it is actually in the wrong place. I thought hydrangeas were OK in a shaded spot, and in fact it isn't more than a few feet from a lace cap hydrangea which does fine. Does it need more sun do you think? I thought I had done my research thoroughly but it isnt happy. I put in a bag of stable manure into the area before planting as it's a rather dry spot by a fence, and about 10 feet from a conifer. Any ideas? I could probably repot it into a container given it has barely grown and is spindly and leggy. thank you