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Little Lime® Panicle Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata

  • Part Sun to Sun
  • 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).

Flower Season
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
5' 5'
3' - 5'
3' - 5'
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    Dwarf 'Limelight' hydrangea!

    Compared to its famous sibling ‘Limelight’, Little Lime hardy hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata) may seem like a pipsqueak. Don’t let this petite shrub fool you. While maintaining its short stature of 3-5’ tall and wide, it really packs a visual punch in the garden. In summer, lime green blooms open on strong stems – no drooping here. As it ages, rich pink coloring emerges to prolong the show through fall.

    Little Lime hydrangea is small enough to grow in containers and also stands out as a bold mass planting. Its bright bloom coloration makes it an excellent choice for cut flower gardens and can be used fresh or dried. This reliable performer blooms on new wood, so a quick trim in late winter or early spring will encourage fresh growth and an abundance of buds. Like most hardy hydrangeas, it is hardy to Zone 3 and does best in full sun or part shade.

    Summer flowers open soft green and turn pink and burgundy in fall.

    2016 - Selected as landscape plant of the year
    2015 - Awarded a Gold Medal from The Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society. 
    2013 - Awarded Plantarium Gold Medal
    2013 - Green is Life Bronze Medal 
    2011 - American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) Management Clinic Best New Plant award.

    Best Seller
    Fall Interest
    Small or Miniature


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    36 - 60 Inches
    36 - 60 Inches
    36 - 60 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Green, turning pink in fall
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

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

    Excellent for the mixed border or foundation plantings. This compact, hardy hydrangea fits easily into smaller landscapes, including container gardens.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Prune in late winter/early spring. Apply a controlled release fertilizer in early spring. A supplemental dose of liquid feed may be needed in mid summer. Soil pH does not affect bloom color.

    Little Lime® Hydrangea paniculata 'Jane' USPP 22,330, Can 3,914
  • 32 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • This plant is soo beautiful! I have never had any interest in white/green flowers before… now it is the plant that always draws my eye and makes me smile as I walk to my front door. I’m buying many more this year! After many years of gardening, this plant tops my list much to my surprise:)

      , Alberta
      , Canada
      , 1 min ago
    • J'habite à Cæn et cette plante est fabuleuse dans mon climat. Je suis plus que satisfaite de mon achat.

      , Calvados (14)
      , France
      , 19 weeks ago
    • This plant looks incredible and the blooms are so big! I clearly recommend this plant. Cette plante est incroyable et les fleurs son géantes! Je recommande clairement cette plante.

      , Quebec
      , Canada
      , 50 weeks ago
    • I cannot express how much I love this plant. He brings me so much joy. I bought him as a little guy back in April. He was tiny tiny and now exploded into a gigantic plant 6 months later. I have kept it by my front door in a container and wasn’t expecting any blooms the first year because I thought the container was too big. Once late August hit he started going. It’s October now and in full bloom with the biggest and prettiest flowers. I get comments from all my neighbors about this hydrangea. I’m assuming next year it’ll bloom sooner since it will be more established. It’s been so easy to take care of and I will be buying more. Love love love this hydrangea.

      , Texas
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Although ‘Little Lime’ is only recommenced up to zone 8, mine has thrived for years here in zone 10a. I’m in So CA, and I fell in love with this plant. I keep it on the patio in a large container where it’s perfectly happy. The blooms are just the right size for making bouquets with my roses. I took a chance by ordering this plant, and I’ve not regretted it!

      Elizabeth Fike
      , California
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • We bought two initially and loved them so much, we bought three more! They are gorgeous and have been so easy to enjoy. We planted them in mostly full sun and they have never wavered. The flowers are as close to perfect as I can hope for.

      Michelle Beteta
      , Kansas
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Brian Houston
      , Ontario
      , Canada
      , 2 years ago
    • Brian Schumacher
      , 2 years ago
    • 2 little Limes planted in a large pot each. Gets afternoon sun. Have found over the years the flowers have gotten smaller and smaller. Have lost their lime colour

      Jackie Madsen
      , British Columbia
      , Canada
      , 2 years ago
    • I planted 8 Little Lime hydrangeas (Proven Winners purchased thru a local nursery) late last fall. They were lovely, healthy plants so I knew they were getting a good start other than being planted later in the fall than would have been ideal. No worries! Not only did they all survive the winter beautifully, but have grown larger and fuller. They are now LOADED with blooms - you would think they have been established for years! Truth is I never even got around to fertilizing them in the spring. HIGHLY recommend this as an easy care, high performing, and beautiful plant!

      Shirley Gassen
      , Missouri
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
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