The Limelight hydrangea blooms and grows better in my Northern garden then any other hydrangea. From the reviews I have seen, Southern gardeners love it too, because it can withstand drought better than others. The shrub is cold hardy from Zones 3-9, so grows well in a large range of areas.
The shrub blooms on both old and new growth and is completely covered by gorgeous blooms from mid- summer into fall. It gives you some beautiful fall bloom when other plants are finished for the season. We suffered from an extreme drought in the summer of 2012 and this plant still thrived and was covered with blooms.
Limelight is a paniculata hydrangea which is a little different than the other ones that we are used to seeing. The leaves are smaller, but the number of blooms on the plant is outstanding.
Limelight was brought to the US from Holland. The blooms are a light lime green to almost white in summer that turn to pink and then to almost burgandy pink in the fall. The flowers are large from 6 to 12 inches and stand upright on the shrub. The stems are strong and the blooms are full. Their isn't anything else you could ask for in a hydrangea, unless you desire a shorter shrub.
This shrub is also a fast grower. Be careful where you place it, because it grows quickly to 6 to 8 feet. We planted our in front of a bay window and by the third year needed to trim it down because it was already about 6 feet tall. We have now decided to move it, because we keep trimming it down and it keeps growing back to almost that height.
Great for Dried Flowers
Limelight is also a great hydrangea to dry and use for winter arrangements. They make a beautiful bouquet.
How to Plant the Limelight Hydrangea
The preferred place to plant is a spot that gets morning sun and late afternoon sun. Direct afternoon sun may be too intense for the shrub. The site should be well drained, because the plant doesn't like to sit in water. Don't plant under a tree, because the tree will use all of the moisture and hydrangeas need lots of water. If you plant among other shrubs, leave lots of space because this plant can grow 8 feet tall and have a large spread. Plant in fertile soil or replace the soil in the spot you are going to place it.
To plant the hydragea, dig a hole about 2 to 3 feet wider than the hydrangea itself and a little bit deeper than the pot that it came in. In the bottom of the hole, add some composted manure or other organic compost. Plant the hydrangea at the same depth as it came in the pot.
Tamp the soil around the shrub to get air bubbles out of the soil. Apply mulch around the new plant to help keep moisture in the soil. Keep the new plant watered well until it becomes well established.
Limelight does not need as much water as other types, but you should keep it watered during hot dry summer months. Reapply mulch each year to help with moisture needs.
Fertilizing in early Spring is a good time to apply it. Cow manure and compost are good to add or you can buy a special fertilizer at the garden store.
This is one hydrangea that you can prune in both the Spring and the Fall, because it blooms on both new and old growth.
If you don't already have this beautiful shrub, this year is the time to get one. It will give you years of enjoyment.
This variety has won several awards. In 2008 it won the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit with an excellent rating. It also won the PHS Gold Medal Award. Another awarded was the 2007 Association of Specialty Cut Flowers as the cut flower of the year.
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