Planting a Limelight Hydrangea bush will add a true show stopper vibe and summer feel to your garden!
The Limelight hydrangea shrub boasts cone shaped flowers that are larger than most other hydrangea varieties and begin to bloom mid summer. Celadon green flowers bloom on new wood year after year. Deadhead spent flower blossoms in winter or early spring to encourage new growth and accelerate the bloom time.
The creamy white lime green color of the hydrangea blooms will last all the way into the fall growing season. Eventually they will change into a deep pink that truly highlights and contrasts with its lush dark green leaves. Soil pH does not affect limelight bloom color. The white flower color will change as the weather cools down in fall.
The proven winner variety is what is known as a panicle hydrangea which means the blooms get quite large and the flower heads change from white to pink, red, or burgundy before drying to a beige color in winter.
Planting Limelight Hydrangeas
The Hydrangea paniculata limelight has an upright growing structure that will get up to 8 feet tall and wide at maturity. It is also drought tolerant. It performs best in loamy, moist, well-drained soil types and unlike many other hydrangeas, it prefers full sun to partial sun.
This flowering shrub can grow in most of the United States in department of agriculture plant hardiness zones 3-9. Makes an excellent shrub border. Growing hydrangeas is fun and rewarding! They can grow in most of North America.
The best time of year to plant the limelight tree is in early spring so it has time to establish roots. The limelight hydrangea growth rate is up to 12 inches per year.
Limelight Hydrangea Care
A slow release fertilizer applied in early spring will help this type of hydrangea thrive during the growing season. Apple insecticidal soap if you see pests such as slugs, snails, aphids, or spider mites.
Limelight hydrangea pruning should happen in late winter or early spring before new growth appears or larger flower buds start forming.
Our Limelight Hydrangea for sale is the perfect choice if you are looking for easy to grow, blooms every year, and even makes gorgeous cut flowers! The lime hydrangea flowers are a favorite for many gardeners!
Be sure to check out our Hydrangea Grow Guide as well as our blog post on How to Prune Limelight Hydrangea into a small Tree. Not interested in this pruning adventure? You can purchase the Limelight Hydrangea Tree already in a single trunk tree form. Truly a versatile, beautiful plant!
Do Limelight hydrangeas need full sun?
Limelight Hydrangeas do best in full sun but will tolerate partial shade.
How big do Limelight hydrangeas get?
Limelight hydrangea grows 6-8 ft wide and tall.
Are Limelight hydrangeas fast growing?
Limelight Hydrangeas have a really fast growth rate growing a couple feet per year.
Should I deadhead my limelight hydrangea?
You should deadhead spent flowers on your limelight hydrangea through the growing season up until late fall.
Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight
- Showy large flowers
- Fall color
- Sun tolerant
- Cold hardy