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'Limelight' Hardy Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata

  • Hardy Zones
    • 3 - 9
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Fall
  • Mature Size
    • 72 - 96 Inches
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'Limelight' Hardy Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata
Part Sun to Sun 72 - 96

Features

Reliable, soft green summer flowers change to pink in fall. Blooms every year. Soil pH does not affect bloom color.

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Fall Interest
Drought Tolerant

Characteristics

Duration: 
Shrub
Shrub Type: 
Deciduous
Height Category: 
Tall
Garden Height: 
72 - 96 Inches
Spacing: 
84 - 96 Inches
Spread: 
72 - 96 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Green
Flower Shade: 
Green
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Shade: 
Green
Habit: 
Mounded
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Blooms On: 
New Wood
Bloom Time: 
Late Summer
Bloom Time: 
Early Fall
Bloom Time: 
Mid Fall
Bloom Time: 
Late Fall
Hardiness Zones: 
3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Water Category: 
Average
Uses: 
Cut Flower
Uses: 
Dried Flower
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses Notes: 

Good in groupings and masses, in perennial and shrub borders, as a speciment, screen, or hedge. Good in containers, mixed containers, and as a cut flower.

Maintenance Notes: 

Prefers good, loamy soil. Most adaptable of all hydrangeas to different soil types. Most urban tolerant and very difficult to kill. Best if pruned back in late winter or early spring. Prefers medium moisture. Will tolerate drought. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for the recommended rate of application.

An exciting hardy Hydrangea from Holland, 'Limelight' has unique bright chartreuse blooms in mid-summer that hold bright and refreshing color right into autumn when the blooms change color to a rich deep pink. The autumn display of chartreuse and pink blooms on the same plant is breathtaking! The color makes a great addition to the garden and it blends wonderfully with all other colors. Use 'Limelight', either fresh or dried, in bouquets to make a unique floral design. This is an easy to grow plant with reliable flowering and flower color regardless of soil pH. The flower heads are of good size, ranging from 6 to 12 inches and are held upright on the shrub. The blooms are well distributed making a very nice plant and display.

Consumer Comments:
This Hydrangea is a show stopper: right now, first four months in the ground, full, full sun, lots of fresh air, it is blooming like mad: big, fat beautiful creamy, to bright white elongated blooms. They are sturdy blooms, and take a good wind. They don't collapse. It has doubled in size since April, and I'm looking forward to all the color changes it will go through. The shape of the plant is graceful and strong. It's a garden high-light. The Limelight I planted last year is equally fantastic, and it's in part shade. Last year the blooms got so big and the color changes were so amazing to see, you couldn't believe all that beauty on one plant. Because of that one plant, I went out and got three more.

A great looking plant! PLENTY of flowers and it tripled in size the first year we put it in the garden. We went out and bought three more.
Barry, MI

'Limelight' Hydrangea paniculata PP: 12874 Can. PP: 2319
  • Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Amanda
    Grand Rapids
    Michigan
    United States
    3 weeks ago
  • This hydrangea is by far the hardiest and easiest to grow. Just make sure it has plenty of space. It has massive blooms that are prolific. Furthermore, the flowers are fantastic for drying. I love that it blooms at least until Thanksgiving in my area, ( southern Pennsylvania), it always an amazing sight!

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Jennifer
    9 weeks ago
  • its planted in mixed borders and in parking lot islands. Im a commerical landscape designer and I use this plant the most. Very reliable. Very showy.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Cathy tenaglia
    Middletown
    Pennsylvania
    United States
    10 weeks ago
  • Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Rob
    Babylon
    New York
    United States
    51 weeks ago
  • Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Rob
    Babylon
    New York
    United States
    1 year ago
  • This plant is a fast grower and responds to pruning well. Consistently beautiful foliage and flowers. Like other hydrangeas the deer love it. The deer will devour it quickly and usually do so as the flowers start to bud out. They even worked it over after a good spray of liquid fence! It appears worth growing in high traffic deer areas because it grows so well and is resilient. As it grows so tall the flower heads stay out of the deers reach.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Greg
    Charlottesville
    Virginia
    United States
    1 year ago
  • This is the only Hydrangea I have been able to grow. The blooms are gorgeous.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Patricia
    Clarkrange
    Tennessee
    United States
    1 year ago
  • Since I love hydrangea's but have mostly sun- oriented spaces to plant, I tried this sunloving specimen, and it's a proven winner! Acts as a beautiful "privacy" fence next to our front porch, producing gorgeous cream/light green flowers in summer, changing to delicate mauve/cream in fall. After 2 years, mine has grown to almost 7 ft. Very hardy, low-maintenance.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    judy robinson
    Hagerstown
    Maryland
    United States
    1 year ago
  • Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Nikki
    Grant Park
    Illinois
    United States
    1 year ago
  • I bought 14 of these 2yrs ago on clearance at a local store, some were very frail looking but I had to try and make them come alive again. Last March i went outside and trimmed all of them down to nothing....POWW BAM BOOM!!!! Woooow, by the end of summer they were 5ft tall with huge heads and I checked on them to make sure no Japanese bugs were on them eating away and they weren't!!! The heads stayed huge and pretty off white color ALL summer!!!! You ready for this??????? I ONLY watered them TWICE all suuuuummmmer!!!!!! These will always be my favorite!!! Do not have to watch over them like the others!!!!!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Rosie
    Loves Park
    Illinois
    United States
    1 year ago
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2010 Plant of Merit Missouri Botanic Garden
2010 Plant of Merit University of Georgia
2010 Plant of Merit Missouri Botanic Garden
2010 Plant of Merit University of Georgia
2010 Plant of Merit Missouri Botanic Garden
2010 Plant of Merit University of Georgia
2009 Knock Your Socks Off University of Georgia
2009 Knock Your Socks Off University of Georgia
2009 Knock Your Socks Off University of Georgia
2007 Knock Your Socks Off University of Georgia
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