How to grow and care for your Limelight Hydrangea. A beautiful deciduous shrub for your garden which is very forgiving and easy to grow.
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.
It's a beautiful plant!
Officially, they say the blooms are a chartreuse color, but around here they become this very pretty creamy white color with just tinge of lime green poking through.
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 tall do Limelight hydrangeas get?
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. If you don't already know your gardening zone, you can go to the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, input your zip code and it will tell you your zone.
Do Limelight hydrangea bloom on old 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!
Limelight Hydrangea spacing?
If you are interested in growing your Limelight hydrangea as a hedge (gorgeous look by the way), you can space them 7-8 feet apart (center of plant to center of plant).
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
- Grows 6-8 foot tall with a spread of 6-8 foot wide
- 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?
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How To Dry Hydrangea The Easy Way
Quick And Easy Hydrangea Wreath
LOL- I love my AnnaBelle hydrangea. They are beautiful and are also a creamy white/green. Yours are gorgeous- xo Diana
This in my favorite! they bloom during the hottest part of summer and when I look at them they are so refreshing and cooling and of course beautiful!
Od dear me I do not have this one. That second photo is splendid. I am waiting for my ginger lily to bloom for the first time.
Carlene @ Organized Clutter
I do not have a hydrangea but I am thinking about getting one because of all the hydrangeas I see blogging both live and dried!
Those are gorgeous and I have been wanting a couple for a while!! I just got the vanilla-strawberry last year and they are doing really well with similar blooms but a pink tint. Thanks for the info! I will definitely look for one for the spring!
Newton Custom Interiors
I love these! Absolutely beautiful, I may have to plant one in our yard!
Gorgeous. I keep trying to get my people to give me hydrangeas, but so far I haven't had any luck. Looks like I will just need to go get some myself.
Always my hydrangeas...I love them to death.
I guess I'm crushing on my passion flower vine. My black-eyed susans didn't come up. I can't get hydrangeas to live, much less bloom.
I couldn't agree more...you can never have too many hydrangeas! Thanks for the information on the limelight!
Im crushing on your limelight hydrangeas. My husband looked over and commented on them. Thanks for the info.
Pinky at Designs by Pinky
They gave us 2 with our "landscape package" and we bought a hydrangea tree this Spring. It is covered in blooms like you said. I can't wait to see if it goes pink in the Fall and then dry some. I had 10 hydrangea bushes in the last house but they were all blue. XO, Pinky
Your hydrangea is simply beautiful. I don't have that one but I will be on the lookout for it. Your photo's are great. Thanks for sharing.
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I have 2 Limelight hydrangeas and love them. They are covered with blooms and so easy to grow. I have about 7 different varieties of hydrangeas but this is by far the easiest. I like that it grows in sun. I cut some blooms off this week and they didn't dry well at all and only lastest a few days. Maybe when they start turning pinkish they will dry better. Lynne in Georgia
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What a beautiful hydrangea...your garden looks so pretty!
Musings from Kim K.
I'm totally smitten with your thermos vase for your beautiful hydrangea blooms. That whole vignette is magazine worthy.
What if anything have you done to yoursoil? Ours is very acidic.
Nothing much grows in our soil.
@Melinda - Our soil is very clay-ish. The people who lived here before we did were mulch lovers and I think that after years and years of mulch being applied and decomposing it really has improved the soil.
Pam your hydrangeas are so pretty but what I am loving is the vintage picnic basket stack!! I only have one so after seeing this picture I am going to hunt for more!
Hydrangeas are my absolute favorite flower. My Grandma Gloria had a gorgeous blue/purple Hydrangea bush on the side of her house and every time I see them, I think of her. Yours are gorgeous! Thanks for the tips:-)