Normally, I would say that my favorite plant is my Black-eyed Susan vine, but lately I’ve been having an affair with my Limelight hydrangea.
They start blooming in late July and if you can bear to leave the yummy blooms on the plants until fall . . . BOOM . . they turn a deep pink color that looks wonderful in fall arrangements.
OK, you in the first row. Yes, you with the yoga pants on, eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.
Do Limelight hydrangeas need full sun?
They like part-sun to full-sun. I have two of these and the one that gets more sun during the day gets twice as many blooms.
Now to be fair, when I planted them they were in equal sun vs shade positions, but the tree on the right side of the house grew so much it didn’t do that Limelight any favors.
How do I find these guys?
Their name is Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ (common name Panicle hydrangea)- just check with your local nursery to see if they sell them in your area or you can buy them online at Amazon.
How big do Limelight hydrangeas grow?
6-8 foot tall, so just a little shorter than Bigfoot.
Will they grow where I live?
Golly, that all depends where you live. They are hardy in zones – 3a- 9b and you can go to the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map to figure out your zone.
Old wood or new wood?
Glad you asked. They bloom on new wood, which is another way of saying new growth.
Do you cut back Limelight hydrangeas?
Since they bloom from new wood, any heavy pruning should be done in winter or very early spring before the new growth emerges. Otherwise you are going to drastically reduce the number of glorious blooms!
What to plant with my Limelight hydrangea?
Some wonderful limelight hydrangeas companion plants are:
Hostas – hostas will look wonderful planted around your Limelight. The variegated varieties can take a little more sun that your typical shade loving variety and come in some wonderful whites and golds mixed with green.
Coral Bells (Heuchera) – I have some plum colored coral bells planted near one of my Limelight hydrangeas and the color contrast is just beautiful.
Ornamental Grasses – Some of the striped varieties of ornamental grasses really play off the colors of the Limelight. One of my favorite varieties is Golden Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’) which has beautiful golden foliage with thin stripes of green running through them. The gold appears almost chartreuse in shadier areas.
I have four hydrangea already, do I really needs another hydrangea?
You betcha! They are footloose and fancy free. I water them if we’re having an extended drought, but generally these guys are on their own!
And you can NEVER have enough hydrangeas in your outdoor lineup. Never. Ever. Ever.
So to recap,
How To Grow Limelight Hydrangea:
- Part-Sun to Full-Sun
- 6-8 foot tall
- Hardy in zones 3a – 9b
- Blooms on new wood (new growth)
- Only prune in winter or very early spring
- Flowers from mid-July through fall
- Buy as many as will fit in the back seat of your car
What plants are you crushing on this year?
UPDATE: For information on drying hydrangea you can go here – Lazy Girl’s Guide To Drying Hydrangea
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