Ok so if you read my blog you will have a better idea of what I'm looking at in terms of my yard. But a quick rundown is that I have a big maple in my yard as well as a bunch of privet that I have recently cut down. The area used to get enough light for grass to grow, but since the trees have grown the shade has gotten thicker. My husband and I cut down all the privet and trimmed the big tree which opened up the area to more light. We live in Alabama so our summers are dry and hot. I would say the area gets filtered light all day long. I want to plant lots of Hydrangeas and I read an article about a woman who had planted Hydrangeas on a hillside behind her house that got filtered light and they were doing wonderful. So I would like anyone's thoughts about this subject. I know Hydrangeas get pretty droopy in the full Alabama sun, so I would think they would like the filtered light and shade from the heat. Thanks everyone.