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Limelight Hydrangea Or Is It?

Updated on December 10, 2015

Limelight Hydrangea Blossom

Look At My Hydrangea Pictures!

The Hydrangea Pictures on this page were taken in our yard in Pendleton, South Carolina. I really am not sure what variety we have. Let me tell you about it and maybe you can help me decide.It was over 30 years ago when my husband and I visited his aunt and uncle in Laurens, South Carolina and I first saw a Limelight Hydrangea in full bloom. "Uncle Jamie" called it a Mountain Hydrangea so that is what I have always called it until I began writing this page and found out that it is actually a Limelight Hydrangea, I think.It was love at first sight so "Uncle Jamie" broke off two sticks that looked like dead branches and told me to take them home and put them in water and forget about them until spring. I did exactly what he told me and was so shocked when springtime came and I had two sticks with roots everywhere. I couldn't wait to get them in the ground and they have continued to grow and bring much pleasure to us all of these years.Whatever it is called, we sure have enjoyed it.Could you help me decide once and for all the name of our Hydrangea?Photo by Ohme - Notice the little critter! All photos on this page are the private property of Nancy Hellams and are not to be copied.

Video Of Our Hydrangea - Notice that at this time I was still calling it a Mountain Hydrangea

What kind of Hydrangea do you think this is? I think we have finally settled on Limelight Hydrangea. If you think it is something different, please let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. Thank you.

Video of Our Hydrangea

Can you find the Anole in the photo below?

Look closely! do you see a critter? Some people call him a Carolina Anole. He looks like he was posing for my camera, doesn't he?

The Limelight Hydrangea Blossom - Large Cone shaped clusters with white flowers

Florist Friend Karen Link Talks About My Hydrangea - Thank you Floral Designer Karen Link!

Karen talks about drying the hydrangea and about making arrangements with the beautiful flowers.Karen no longer has the Pendleton Flower Shop on the square in Pendleton SC but she still is available for Weddings, Special Events, Parties and Home Designs. Call 864-934-8599. Karen is so very talented.

Hydrangeas Gardener's Guide

Hydrangeas: A Gardener's Guide
Hydrangeas: A Gardener's Guide

There are so many varieties of Hydrangea and so much to learn


Want to learn more about the Hydrangea? - Click this book to purchase, read reviews or browse around

Do you have a favorite color of Hydrangea? I like whatever is blooming.

We have several different varieties in our yard and I really enjoy them all. I would like to add to ours but probably have about all we can manage now.

This Gardener's Guide to Hydrangeas would be very helpful in distinguishing which variety is which.

Pee Gee Hydrangeas

Limelight Hydrangea is one of the Pee Gees

The Pee Gee hydrangea is a type of paniculata hydrangea.and Limelight is one of the most popular Pee Gees. Pee Gee Blossoms are large and Cone Shaped. Their color starts with shades of green, then white, then purple tints and finally a beautiful rusty autumn gold. Their color is not affected by the PH of the soil like the mop head Hydrangeas.

Two Limelight Hydrangeas Side By Side - These Hydrangeas are Over 30 years old

Photo Credit: Photo by Ohme of her Hydrangeas

My Florist Friend, Karen Link, Made This Beautiful Arrangement - With Hydrangea and Zinnias From Her Yard

My arrangement using hydrangea, ginger lilly and acuba - I love the white and green

This hydrangea picture is from the Hydrangea in my yard along with a couple of stalks of Ginger Lilly and several branches of Acuba. The Acuba Foliage does so well in an arrangement and I like to leave it in the water after I remove the dead flowers and let it root. I have them in several places around our yard and enjoy using them in the house. Of course, the smell of the Ginger Lilly really is nice in the house.

Our Hydrangea In The Fall - Look at all the many colors and color combinations.

Hydrangea in the fall
Hydrangea in the fall

Here is a close up of my little chameleon friend in case you missed him.


Florist Karen Link Shows How To Make A Wreath with the Limelight Hydrangea - Pendleton Garden Club Demonstration

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We also enjoy our Blue Lace Hydrangea - Given to us by our daughter

Blue Lace Hydrangea
Blue Lace Hydrangea

See More of Our Hydrangeas!

You can see more pictures of our Hydrangeas by clicking here:

Coloful Hydrangea Blossoms

Thank you for visiting today! - I would love for you to share your thoughts about hydrangeas.

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      Joan Adams 3 years ago

      Beautiful indeed!

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      ChristyZ 3 years ago

      I love them, they're beautiful!

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      tonyleather 4 years ago

      I have a glorious climbing Hydrangea on my back fence, and when it is in bloom it looks wonderful. I love these flowers. Great lens.

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      Hydrangeas are my favorite flowering shrub. Thanks for introducing me to this variety.

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      DebinSC 5 years ago

      I wish I knew more about the different varieties of Hydrangea but I've certainly enjoyed seeing all these wonderful photos. I'm glad my Carolina Anole lens was helpful in identifying your little green pal, who also seems to love Hydrangeas! :)

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      DebinSC 5 years ago

      I wish I knew more about the different varieties of Hydrangea but I've certainly enjoyed seeing all these wonderful photos. I'm glad my Carolina Anole lens was helpful in identifying your little green pal, who also seems to love Hydrangeas! :)

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I don't know if this is a Limelight Hydrangea or not, because I have never heard of that before, but I do like Hydrangeas. We used to have a blueish one when I lived in North London and the flowers changed color if you fertilized it with the right minerals. Love the pictures, and the little Anole too, very cute. Nicely done, blessed.

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      I love hydrangeas but never grew them myself so I wouldn't be able to help you identify your plant. A very lovely lens. Blessed! :)

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      AJ 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Beautiful lens! I love the hydrangeas, but haven't a clue what kind they are. Interesting comment by Kylyssa may explain the confusion. But I love looking and reading about them anyway!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens! I love hydrangeas. Whatever it is, yours is certainly a beautiful specimen. I had a hydrangea that I tried to bring with me when I moved from that house

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      Jimmie Lanley 6 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I have no idea, but I sure enjoyed the photos. Lovely!

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      Kylyssa Shay 6 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      It's surely one of the Pee Gees and probably limelight. Hydrangeas can also be confusing to identify because they respond differently to different nutrient levels in the soil. The degree of difference between individual hydrangea plants of a single cultivar can be enormous. I adore hydrangeas.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      I love hydrangieas

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @mariaamoroso: I haven't heard that name so will definitely add it to the list. Thank you.

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      Hortensia we call them. They are wonderful to hang upside down and dry. They last for months or until they are too dusty =)

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      poutine 7 years ago

      has been added to the following lens:The Best Colorful Backyard Flowering Bushes In The Market

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      poutine 7 years ago

      I so much enjoyed reading this lens about limelight hydrangea.I bought my first one this last spring and it's kind of pink.Can't wait till next year to see how much it will grow.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      I love Hydrangeas! I don't believe I have ever seen a green one before. Sadly, I couldn't view the video while I was here I will have to come back later and see if whatever is wrong is fixed by then. Just Beautiful!

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Your hydrangeas are outstanding! I'm looking forward for ours to bloom in Missouri...they are just starting now.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm somewhat new to hydrangeas, but loving them. My blue hydrangea photo is my top seller on Zazzle.Your white ones are lovely!

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      WhitePineLane 7 years ago

      Oh my, OhMe, this is a fun lens! I love hydrangeas, and it was fun to look at yours and hear the story of how you got them. I didn't know you could propagate hydrangeas like that - I'll have to try it!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      The Hydrangea is my son's favorite flower. If it was up to him I would have a dozen in my yard. I want some more. I'm just not sure if I want the whites or the pinks and purples.Thanks for sharingLizzy

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      Andy 7 years ago from London, England

      Excellent lens. I love your little chameleon friend too. I have added a link to this lens from the "Trees, plants and flowers" section of my "Wildlife Photography Group" lens.Thanks very much for visiting my group lenses.

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      Hydrangeas are among my favorite flowers, how wonderful that you have some right in your backyard! I love them so much that I insisted on having some at our wedding -- even though I live in a tropical country so they aren't typically grown here. I don't think I've ever encountered the limelight variety, those look gorgeous and the photos you took are beautiful. (:

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      dustytoes 8 years ago

      The white hydrangeas are my favorite I think. You have included some really nice photos and videos!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I just bought three limelights and now my leaves have little dark spots and are turning yellow. What can I put on them to stop the leaves from getting this disease?

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      strayspay 8 years ago

      Beautiful Flower! My parents had a flower shop and I've seen lots of pink hydrangeas but never one like this.

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      boutiqueshops 8 years ago beautiful! awesome job on this lens!

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Gorgeous lens! gorgeous flowers, whatever the kind....I think Limelight..but they're beautiful either way. Love your bouquet too! 5*****

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      They're beautiful. The only hydrangea I've ever seen are pink or purple. It's the first time I've seen an ivory colored one.Thanks for sharing.Lizzy

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      I love these flowers...wish I could grow them, but mine always seem to be doomed.

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      White Hydrangea is very pretty. Wonderful contrast against the green foliage. No wonder it's called "Limelight". Thanks for sharing your pretty "Limelight Hydrangea". :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hydrangeas are beautiful plants and the flowers are wonderful. I don't have any but would love to. Very fresh lens to enjoy. Susie

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      hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

      beautiful lens

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      I had no idea there were this many type of hydrangeas. Thanks for the interesting and quite beautiful lens.

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      My grandma had one like this in front of her house. So pretty. Around here a lot of the hydrangeas are a beautiful blue.

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      Michey LM 8 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens Nancy, I always learn something from you.I love it!Fav 5*Michey

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      missbat 8 years ago

      You've got a beautiful hydrangea there, Ohme! It sure looks like a Limelight; my mom grows several hydrangea bushes in her yard but she doesn't have any white-flowered ones. What a well-thought, informative, and interesting lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      WOW! This lens is incredible on so many levels. First off the content is well written and laid out nicely. Second I am absolutely envious of your CSS skills! I love the borders, the colors you've chosen, even your choice of font. This is a great lens!! You're a super star! 5*****

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Hydrangea is such a beautiful flower -- my grandma grew a lot of these in her garden in Cleveland, Ohio. I love how it makes such large clusters of blossoms.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Those Hydrangeas are beautiful.

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      Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Beautiful beautiful. I love those plants. It is a bit hot in southern cal foothills for them but I am trying ,anyway.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I absolutely love hydrangeas and this lens is beautiful. My mop head is not doing too well but while reading this I learned that I've been pruning incorrectly. Maybe the tender loving neglect approach of BJC will work better.Will you give me two "dead" sticks from your Limelight? They are gorgeous !!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens! Fun to see Karen - talented lady! Your yard and your love of nature's gifts are so well shown here. Thanks for the pleasure and the information!

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      Mountainside-Crochet 8 years ago

      I confess I'm a terrible gardener, so didn't have any knowledge about hydrangeas until I read your lens. The hydrangeas in your yard are very pretty and I can tell you enjoy them very much.

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Well, I could just look at hydrangeas all day. :) Don't know what it is, but am interested to know for sure. Yours are lovely and I know they are such a blessing to have your yard.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Loved seeing all the different hydrangeas.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      Hydrangeas have always been one of my favorites! We had them in our front yard when my daughter, Carlyn, was three and she has never forgotten them...they are her favorite. Great lens! 5*

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      Adrienne Jenkins 8 years ago

      Nancy. I can't quite tell from the pictures if it's a Limelight hydrangea. It depends on if the flowers around round or more panicled or cone-shaped. Here's a link to a terrific book by Michael Dirr, the leading arborist who's a premiere authority on trees and shrubs (which you may want to incude as an Amazon Spotlight link). Google Books offers a chance to preview the book's contents so you might be able to match your hydrangea. limelight hydrangea#v=onepage&q=&f=falseIt might be a Hydrangea Grandiflora?

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      blue22d 8 years ago

      I am not real familiar with hydrangeas, but I envy you. That is one beautiful plant you have. I don't remember. Do they have a fragrance? They would make nice arrangement as dried flowers. Five stars my dear. You have done it again.

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      editionh 8 years ago

      Great lens Nancy with lots of good Material for the gardener !I would say that you are right .You have a great PG limelight. I never saw such a big one life. I have a PG which must be 20 years now, but still has not developed a lot. My big leaf hydrangeas are of same age and finally they seem to get where I wanted to see them :).

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hydrangeas are so beautiful! I had a lovely white one too at another house that I lived in. Wonder how it is doing after all these years.

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Beautiful flowers...whatever their name :)

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      puzzlerpaige 8 years ago

      I've heard hydrangeas thrive in shade and I've wanted to try some on the north side of our house since it stays shaded all day. I haven't seen the white ones very much. The colors you picked for your lens are perfect.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful! Your personal videos add so much to your lenses - especially because they are short and fun to watch! Excellent lens. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      JanieceTobey 8 years ago

      Your Hydrangea is beautiful! Can you root me a piece of it? :-)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What a neat lens...wonderful information. I especially love the "history " or your hydrangea.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love hydrangeas! When my Mama and Daddy got married, the church had an arrangement of blue hydrangeas, and her only attendant, Sadie, carried a bouquet of hydrangeas. The hydrangeas came from my Grandmother's yard. I would have guessed peegee because I have a peegee that I bought at a Clemson Botanical Garden sale. I would love for you to send your squidoo to Head-Lee Nursery between Seneca and Walhalla. They know all there is to know. I have never successfully grown the blue hydrangeas, tho I have tried numerous times, but my white peegee and my oakleaf hydrangeas thrive on tender loving neglect.