Little Lime Hydrangea Shrubs for Sale Online
Little Lime Hydrangea is a dwarf form of the popular Limelight Hydrangea. Hardy Hydrangea Paniculata 'Jane' Little Lime sports the same great flower power and color but in a smaller package. Attractive green summer flowers turn pink in fall as the temperatures cool. Little Lime Panicle Hydrangea is excellent for use in the mixed border, foundation plantings, or as a flowering Privacy Hedge. The flowers also make great long-lasting cut flowers.
A real winner, Little Lime Hydrangea has been awarded top honors over the past several years: 2016-Selected as landscape plant of the year 2015-Awarded a Gold Medal from The Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society.
An Award-Winning Hardy Hydrangea Shrub
2011: Awarded the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) Management Clinic's Best New Plant
2013: Awarded Planetarium Gold Medal
2013: Awarded Green is Life Bronze Medal
Little Lime Hydrangea is a compact cultivar that typically grows into an upright rounded mound 3-5 feet tall and wide. It is the product of open pollination in a planned breeding program that took place in Grand Haven, Michigan, in August of 2005 between Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight Variegated' (female parent) and an unknown selection of Hydrangea paniculata (male parent). Little Lime Hydrangea is particularly noted for its large mophead type inflorescences (panicles to 5 inches tall by 4inches wide), with sterile flowers emerging soft light green, and maturing to pink and burgundy in fall.
Additional features of interest include compact, upright-mounded shape, free branching habit, and strong stems which hold the panicles upright with no drooping. Flowers typically bloom from July through September. Ovate, serrulate, dark green leaves (to 2 1/2 inches long) are attractive during the growing season but produce generally undistinguished fall color. Flower panicles may be cut for fresh arrangements or for drying or may be left on the plant where they often persist into winter.
|Mature Height:||3 to 5 Feet|
|Mature Width:||3 to 5 Feet|
|Classification:||Broad-leaved deciduous shrub, summer flowering|
|Sunlight:||Full sun to part sun|
|Habit:||Upright, densely branched|
|Flower Color:||Greenish white flowers in summer turning light pink to burgundy in fall|
|Pruning Season:||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, or a specimen planting|
How to Care for Little Lime Hydrangea
Before you buy a Little Lime Hydrangea, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and flourishing.
How do I plant an Little Lime hydrangea?
We suggest when planting your newly purchased Little Lime Hydrangea plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil, you may need to add a locally-sourced compost or topsoil to the backfill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a backfill soil for Hardy Hydrangea Paniculata Little Lime because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Little Lime Panicle Hydrangea spread through the loose, nutrient-rich soil much easier than if you used solely the existing soil, which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant too deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole.
How do I water Little Lime Hydrangea?
After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Hydrangea Paniculata Little Lime a good, deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example, a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5; a three gallon pot would be 15; and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. Gator bag Jr. can be used to help aid in this process and also provide plants with a good soaking due to the slow release of the water into the root-zone of the plant. Soaker Hoses can also be used to water when planting a long hedge.
How do I fertilize Hydrangea Paniculata Little Lime?
Hardy Hydrangea such as Little Lime Panicle Hydrangea grow best if they are fertilized once or twice in the summer. Although some authorities recommend special fertilizer mixes to get the maximum results, hydrangeas do amazingly well with a more relaxed approach. Either chemical fertilizers or organic matter can be used successfully. Since an organic method of applying manure and/or compost around the roots produces excellent results and also improves the condition of the soil, this would be an excellent first line of attack. Organic additions to the soil can also be combined with a shot of chemical fertilizer for maximum effect. If chemical fertilizers are used on your Little Lime Hydrangea, applying a slow-release, balanced fertilizer once a year is probably the simplest solution. There are many slow-release fertilizers on the market. Slow-release is certainly not the only way to fertilizer hydrangeas. Fast-release fertilizer such as a 10-10-10 will work just as well if applied twice during the summer. Don't fertilize Hydrangea Paniculata Little Lime after August. Fall is the time for hydrangeas to begin preparing for dormancy. Fertilizing at this time may stimulate new growth that will be too tender to withstand the winter. The amount of chemical fertilizer used per plant will vary with the size of the plant and its root system. (Use less fertilizer for hydrangeas in a container.) Over-fertilization can be much more detrimental than under-fertilization and can lead to fertilizer burn.
How do I mulch Little Lime Panicle Hydrangea?
We highly recommend that you mulch your Little Lime Hydrangea with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do, but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away that will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3-inch layer of mulch is sufficient, but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. It's better to leave a one-inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.