I have this plant at the corner of my house tucked behind a boxwood. Our bathroom was renovated last winter and the contractor dumped a bucket of grout-water on top of this plant and a hybrid rose. The rose died this spring. This hydrangea was cut back to the ground in April and by September this plant grew 4 feet and bloomed its head off all summer. So happy it wasn't destroyed by the grout-water. We enjoyed them outside, inside and shared with friends and family in bouquets this past summer. The blooms were huge and beautiful.
- Part Sun to Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
This plant is hardy in zones 3 - 9
Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.
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The myth, the legend, the plant: 'Limelight' hydrangea.
This unique panicle hydrangea revolutionized landscaping across North America. Huge, football-shaped flowers open in an elegant celadon green that looks fresh and clean in summer's heat. The blooms age to an array of pink, red, and burgundy which persists through frost for months of irresistible flowers. You can use 'Limelight' hydrangea just about any way you can imagine: as a showy flowering hedge, to screen off air conditioners, as an attention-getting specimen, in containers, flower gardens, or anywhere around your home. A long-time favorite of professional florists, it also makes an excellent cut flower, fresh or dried.
Top three reasons to grow 'Limelight' hydrangea:
- It's a time-tested classic that graces the yards of thousands of homes across North America
- Large flowers have a unique color that looks great with any style and color of house.
- Blooms every year, even in cold climates - winter doesn't faze it at all.Award WinnerLong BloomingFall InterestDrought Tolerant
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:TallGarden Height:72 - 96 InchesSpacing:84 - 96 InchesSpread:72 - 96 InchesFlower Colors:GreenFlower Shade:GreenFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:New WoodBloom Time:Late SummerBloom Time:Early FallBloom Time:Mid FallBloom Time:Late FallHardiness Zones:3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9aWater Category:AverageUses:Cut FlowerUses:Dried FlowerUses:LandscapeMaintenance Notes:
This extremely durable, long-lived plant is easy to grow. It likes full sun in cold climates, afternoon shade in warmer ones, but it does require well-drained soils that do not remain soggy for any amount of time.
To prune, simply cut back by one-third its total height every spring. If you wish, you can apply a granular fertilizer formulated for woody plants (like a rose fertilizer) at that time as well.'Limelight' Hydrangea paniculata USPP 12,874, Can 2,319
Farah, Ontario, Canada, 5 weeks ago
My husband bought this Hydrangea for me last June, and this summer it is already 3-4 times the size it was when we first put it in. Buds came up early in Spring and filled the plant completely; no dead sections. Once bloomed, the flowers stay pristine looking for weeks and weeks on end as they 'fade' from an ivory-lime to a beautiful dusty rose hue. Considering how large the blooms get, it holds up to summer storms very well and though can get weighted down by the rain will spring back up almost instantly when dry again. For all of these reasons and more, this plant has become the standard by which I hold all others and is in my top 3 favorite plants of all time.Cassondra Gilbert, North Carolina, United States, 25 weeks ago
I planted one of these in front of a wall that I wanted to cover up and cover up it did! Every year it grew 1-2’ and all I do is provide a granular fertilizer every April! It’s now pushing 8’ and huge clusters of white flowers are covered all of the plant! Highly recommend and it makes a great cut flower! Dry the flowers for wreaths and holiday decorations too!Dalton Curtis, Kentucky, United States, 29 weeks ago
I have a five-year-old Proven Winners Limelight that grew to be over 5 feet tall and wide and was covered in many blooms every year beginning in late July. Sadly, plumbers dug it up in November in order to bury a new sewer line. I never got it planted as we had an early hard frost and much snow. I expected it to die because it was sitting bare-root, on top of the ground, with just a shovel or two of leaves over its roots for 4 months during an almost record-cold winter! I replanted it in April, cut it down to 3 ft to stimulate root growth, then crossed my fingers. Well, it's doing just fine and filling in nicely! I know Limelight to be a very late bloomer so I don't expect to see flowers until later this summer. What a tough plant! Proven Winners are super hearty, very healthy and extremely beautiful plants. With these hydrangeas in the right location, with the right soil, the right amount of sun and moisture, I look forward to enjoying my Proven Winners for many years to come! I love hydrangeas because they really perform well in the garden in late summer/fall when many other garden plants are looking worn out. I love my Cityline Paris and Limelight hydrangeas so much, I went out last week and bought some more!Edie Payleitner, Illinois, United States, 34 weeks ago
Absolutely love these Limelights!!! Easy to care for, gorgeous, massive blooms, breathtaking when in full bloom! They tolerate the sun very well and are very hardy. Easy to prune and care for in the spring.Diane, Georgia, United States, 1 year ago
Beautiful shrub!Eileen Zdanowski, Wisconsin, United States, 2 years ago
Mary Ann, Minnesota, United States, 4 years ago
Amanda, Michigan, United States, 4 years 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!Jennifer, 4 years 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.Cathy tenaglia, Pennsylvania, United States, 4 years ago
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