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
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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Hydrangea paniculata 'Little Lime"
- Clustered Blooms
- Changing Colors
- Small Stature