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A Charming Garden With Planter's Punch

Speckled Japanese Aralia (Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web') has showy variegated leaves that set it a cut above most broad-leaved evergreens. Though it's supposed to need warm winters, this "zone-buster" grows happily in this Zone 7 woodland garden. Full sun to partial shade; 5 feet tall and wide. Zones 8-10. | Photo: Rob Cardillo |

from Better Homes and Gardens

How to Care for and Choose Hydrangeas

Good to know, since the ones I planted a couple years ago are still struggling in zone 7b sun. Hydrangea Paniculata Have sun? Don't worry -- Hydrangea paniculata doesn't mind. In fact, it blooms better in full sun. It also tends to be large; some varieties can grow 25 feet tall. This summer-flowering hydrangea blooms on new wood, so it's best pruned in late winter or early spring. Zones 4-8