If so, you should give it a try! I love trying plants from other zones and seeing what happens. You are right, morning sun and afternoon shade will be best. You may need to water more frequently than you do other plants. Since it is humid there, be certain to water the dirt and not the leaves. Water on leaves and high humidity just leads to black spot and other problems. Do you have cool nights in the fall? The Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea flowers change color when the temperatures start dropping in the fall.