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Little Lime® Panicle Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata

Exposure
  • 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'
Height
3' - 5'
Spread
3' - 5'
  • Details

    Features

    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

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    36 - 60 Inches
    Spacing: 
    36 - 60 Inches
    Spread: 
    36 - 60 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Green
    Flower Colors: 
    Pink
    Flower Shade: 
    Green, turning pink in fall
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Green
    Habit: 
    Mounded
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    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: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Cut Flower
    Uses: 
    Dried Flower
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    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
  • 37 Reviews

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    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I purchased 7 of these plants for the side of our house. They came very nicely packaged and were very well taken care of. The soil was still moist, the plants were nicely trimmed. I planted them and have been watering them regularly. They are doing very well. I'll have to follow up with a picture from next year but I am very pleased!

      Denia88CV
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 2 weeks ago
    • These survived and thrived! The front of the house is south facing and gets hit hard with sun & heat. All too often a plant description will claim "full sun" or "sun" and completely fail. But these little guys came through. Recently had a different "full sun" hydrangea peter out in the mid-July sun and could only think of one plant to replace it; one more Little Lime for the collection! The others dwell in a line next to the house and are bright & bushy despite the brick wall baking their backs. Want colorful & durable? Try these out.

      A.Shelly
      , Missouri
      , United States
      , 10 weeks ago
    • Little limelight has been a disappointment. Its stems keep flopping down after each rain and they stay that way. Not sure if that is a sign the plant doesn’t like its location. In any case, I was hoping for a much better performing plant. In contrast, little lime punch has been holding up its stem so beautifully. I guess PW has had some improvements on this new variety.

      Sam
      , 11 weeks ago
    • Planted this for the first time this spring. It immediately bloomed! Gorgeous show during the first summer! Excited to see the color change this fall. Highly recommend this to hydrangea lovers who are impatient for blooms.

      Cate
      , Kentucky
      , United States
      , 11 weeks ago
    • A stand out plant! I planted three Little Limes at a corner of my garden spring of 2021 to provide a tad more privacy without completely blocking the view. Such vigorous growers, and the blooms last SO long- I enjoyed them June - November. Honestly, I even enjoyed the dried brown blooms as winter interest. Now they’ve doubled in size, and I’m betting they’ll reach 4’-5’ by the end of this growing season.

      Kate
      , Georgia
      , United States
      , 17 weeks ago
    • 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:)

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

      Françoïse
      , Calvados (14)
      , France
      , 38 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.

      Olivier
      , Quebec
      , Canada
      , 1 year 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.

      Lauren
      , 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
      , 2 years ago
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