Little Lime® Hydrangea

dwarf hydrangea lights up the garden with beautiful green flowers

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The Little Lime® Hydrangea is sure to turn heads with its clustered, color-changing blooms. This panicle hydrangea bush is a dwarf variety of the Limelight Hydrangea, making it a great size for a smaller garden.

The Hydrangea Paniculata ‘Little Lime’ can be grown in containers and raised garden beds. Their small stature is not to be underrated, and their cone-shaped blooms will stand high and proud. Summer flowers will bloom with a soft lime green hue that will turn to pink and burgundy in color as the seasons change.  Deadhead spent flower blossoms in winter or early spring to encourage new growth and accelerate the bloom time. You can even keep your cut flowers once they have dried up to make a long-lasting bouquet.

Contrasting the showy flowers is dark green foliage that lights up the Little Lime Panicle Hydrangea shrub perfectly to put on a show during summer. Being a deciduous shrub, it will lose its green leaves over fall and winter to go into winter dormancy. This is a Proven Winners specimen developed for mass planting and foundation plantings.

Little Lime Hydrangea Care

The Dwarf Hydrangea Little Lime has an upright growing structure that will get up to 5 feet tall and wide at maturity. It is also drought tolerant. It performs best in loamy, moist, well-drained soil types and prefers morning sun and afternoon shade. Full sun throughout the day in warmer climates may scorch the leaves and flowers.

This flowering shrub can grow in most of the United States in the Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3-8. Makes an excellent shrub border. The recommended Little lime Hydrangea hedge spacing is 3 feet apart.  Growing hydrangeas is fun and rewarding and anyone in North America can grow their beautiful lime blooms.

The best time of year to plant this Panicle Hydrangea bush is in early spring so it has time to establish its roots before winter. The Little Lime hydrangea growth rate is up to 12 inches per year, and an annual application of fertilizer in the spring will supplement their root development.

How To Prune Little Lime Hydrangea

You can trim off any old blooms just below the flower head, as well as any weaker canes at the bottom of the plant. Also, removing older canes at the soil line will keep the blooms large and thriving. The closer you cut back to the ground, the bigger your flowers will be.

When To Prune Little Lime Hydrangea

Little Lime Hydrangea pruning should happen in late winter or early spring before new growth appears or larger flower buds start forming. If your Little Lime Hydrangea is leaning over, cut the branches 18-24 inches above the soil line for blooms on new wood.

Little Lime Hydrangea Companion Plants

The best companion plants for hydrangeas are other evergreen shrubs like hollies or boxwoods, daylilies, or azaleas!

Be sure to check out our Hydrangea Grow Guide,  Why is my Hydrangea Wilting, as well as our blog post on How to Prune Little Lime 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!

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Botanical Name

Hydrangea paniculata 'Little Lime"

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Flower Color Soft Lime
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 5 ft
Mature Width 5 ft
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Clustered Blooms
  • Changing Colors
  • Small Stature

Shipping Info

Once your Little Lime® Hydrangea order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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Care

Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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