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Limelight Hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' Plant Patent #12,874

The creamy white of the limelight blooms shine in front of the dark green of their surrounding foliage. Limelight Hydrangeas are easy to maintain, perfect for beginner gardeners or as a gift plant. These versatile flowering shrubs can be used all around your yard.

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Limelight Hydrangea paniculata Shrubs for Sale Online

Limelight Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight') is a slightly compact, easy to care for panicle hydrangea cultivar developed by Proven Winners.

This shrub typically grows to 6-8 feet tall and just as wide with huge pale green clusters of flowers, making it a great way to soften corners around your home, hide unsightly utility boxes, or create visual interest along your fence or privacy wall. 

Growing 3-4 feet in one season, these hydrangeas will be the star of your landscaping in no time. You can plant them as far north as zone 3 or as far south as zone 9a. 

 


Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Mature Height: 6 to 8 feet
Mature Width: 6 to 8 feet
Classification: Broad leaved deciduous shrub, summer flowering
Sunlight: Full sun to part sun
Bloom season: Mid Summer to Fall
Habit: Upright mounding, densely branched
Flower Color: Pale greenish white flowers in summer, turning light pink to rose or burgundy in fall
Foliage: Dark green
Pruning Season: Late Winter to early spring, promotes increased branching and more flowers
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil
Water Requirements: Water well until established
Uses: Extremely attractive when used as a focal point in the mixed border, mass planting, specimen planting or containers; dried flowers create winter interest
Growzone: 3-9 Limelight Hydrangea Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Limelight Hydrangea

Before you buy a Limelight Hydrangea, make sure to read about the care instructions that are required and recommended to keep this plant healthy and flourishing.

How do I mulch my Panicle Hydrangeas?

How do I mulch my Panicle Hydrangeas?

Applying a layer of mulch will help to retain moisture and protect your PG Hydrangeas from the harsh winter frosts. Limelight Hydrangeas appreciate organic mulch such as chopped leaves, compost, fir bark or pine straw. When these organic materials start to decompose, their natural nutrients are fed to the hydrangea, allowing for fuller, more vibrant shrubs. Be sure to leave a one inch gap between the stems and the mulch in order to prevent rot and disease. Note: while some perennials can be planted below hydrangeas for visual interest, it is much better to use mulch within the 6 feet immediately around the stem - proper spacing helps your garden to not compete for resources.

How do I fertilize Lime Light Hydrangeas?

How do I fertilize Lime Light Hydrangeas?

Limelight Hydrangea grows best if it is fertilized twice a year at specific times - once in early spring and again in the summer. Do not fertilize after August, so that your Hydrangea paniculata can begin to prepare for fall root development and winter dormancy. Both organic or chemical fertilizers are great options, but be sure not to over-fertilize. After applying your slow-release fertilizer, give your shrub a good watering to allow the solution to seep into the ground. Fertilizers intended for flowering plants or woody plants work well. You can also use a soil acidifier, but this will not affect the color of a Limelight Hydrangea.

How do I water my Limelight Hydrangea?

How do I water my Limelight Hydrangea?

Limelight Hydrangeas are some of the hardiest hydrangea varieties available, with their ability to grow almost anywhere within zones 3a to 9a. They can also handle a little more drought that other hydrangeas. Limelight hydrangeas need lots of drainage in their soil, as they cannot sit in water with wet roots for too long - this will cause root rot. Until your young shrub is established, we recommend leaving the hose at the base of your hydrangea once a week and let the water trickle slowly for a half an hour. Adjust this time and frequency depending on your needs - less if it is cooler, there has been lots of rain, or the water table is higher in your area; more if it is hotter, more arid, or there has been a drought.

How do I plant my Hydrangea Shrub?

How do I plant my Hydrangea Shrub?

Just like any hydrangea, it is recommended to establish your Limelight Hydrangea in a big that is twice as wide as the roots, but not any deeper. Prep the soil at the bottom of the hole so that your new hydrangea is set up for success. We recommend Biotone Starter Plus as a great way to add nutrition and other helpful elements to the area. Gypsum will break up the soil if it is very dense or a heavy clay. Pine fines can help balance the soil well for what hydrangeas like. Once you have amended the soil, then position you hydrangea so that the soil from the nursery pot will still be visible at the top, and backfill the hole. Make sure you plant your Limelight Hydrangea at least 4 feet away from any structures or other large plants.


Additional Information

Limelight Hydrangeas are considered to be very low-maintenance flowering shrubs. Once you set them up for success, they will thrive and put on a stunning show all year long for you with very little work needed in between seasons. Growing 3-4 feet in one season, these hydrangeas will be the star of your landscaping in no time.

The large flower heads reblossom in mid-summer and can last through several months of frost. These creamy white to lime green hydrangea blooms have a tendency to mature into rose hues that bring new life to your garden. The soil ph does not impact the flower color, so just sit back and allow these colors to transform before your eyes.

Plant your Lime Light hydrangea shrub in moist, well-draining soil. Although it can last in all North American growing zones, it is important to adjust where you plant your Limelight Hydrangea, depending on your local climate. For warmer climates, locate your shrub to allow for some afternoon shade after the morning sun. In cooler climates, hydrangeas will require full sun.

Either way, protect them from any harsh winds. Limelight Hydrangeas actually work very well as a way to decorate the inside of your privacy walls and windbreak tree lines, since their height is a perfect medium level between your tree lines and your flowerbeds. You can pair them with smaller hyrangeas for stunning visual variety with varying levels, colors and flower shapes. They also pair well with perenials such as Astible or Hostas.

This versatile shrub can be used in many ways around your yard and can even survive in urban conditions. Establish it in front of air conditioning units or electic utility boxes to hide them. They can soften the corners at the front of your home as well, as long as they are planted far enough away from the wall. Line several up to create an unforgettable flowering hedge that will remain year after year and provide privacy.

Limelight Hydrangeas, like many Panicle hydrangeas, are considered home landscaping staples that provide visual interest all year long. In the spring they burst with bright green foliage which is a great backdrop for your early spring flowering plants. Then, the leaves darken to a deeper green and they explode in the summer with their own football-sized flower clusters, shining with a pale green color. Those flowers will shift in color as they age, from pale green to pink to rose and then to burgundy in the fall.

You can deadhead the shrubs to encourage more flowers, or cut them sooner and bring them inside in vases to decorate your home. In the late fall, the leaves will turn colors and fall away. If you don't prune away the dried flowers, they will stay on the branches all winter, decorating the landscape with a soft neutral palette. We recommend waiting to cut back your Limelight hydrangeas until the late winter or very early spring, so that you do not overprune them and you don't prune away any potential new growth.

In addition, you can place your Limelight Hydrangea in a large pot but for a smaller version, try our Little Lime Hydrangea. These luscious beauties are not the be limited to the outside; their magnificent blooms can be cut and dried, or placed in some water to bring their elegance to your interior.


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