Limelight<tm> Hydrangea

Limelight Hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata Limelight™ PP#12,874


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Magnificent color changes and unparalleled cold hardiness are just two of the many merits of this exciting panicle Hydrangea. Enjoy 8-inch-long bloom trusses all over a dense, well-branched, generously size shrub with Limelight™!

The big, showy blooms and hardiness of hydrangeas have been a staple of the world's most beautiful gardens and landscapes, from Japan to Cape Cod, for years. The hydrangea's newest incarnation is the striking Limelight™ hydrangea, for zones three to eight. The Limelight brandishes continuous pistachio-colored blooms in midsummer, which transform to pink in the fall, followed by dark burgundy by winter. The Limelight™ can grow up to eight feet tall and six feet wide in rich, well-drained soil and full sun. The growth of deep roots can be promoted by watering deeply no more than once per week. The Limelight is resilient and able to survive harsh winters. The beautiful Limelight™ will provide months of continuous blooms in beautiful colors that won't disappoint. Zones 3 to 8.

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Wonderful Huge Blooms the First Year
valerie Lee from WA wrote (April 10, 2014):
I planted six Limelights in a row, and the very first year they bloomed huge beautiful blooms. The second year the plant tripled in size and bloomed just as huge and beautiful. They are an amazing bright lime green and they last and last. I receive so many compliments throughout the summer. They are just jaw dropping. I wish I could upload a picture to this review they are amazing.
Hydrangea Incrediball Following just a few simple growing tips for hydrangea will produce healthy plants with fluffy colorful blooms year after year.

Planting Your Hydrangea

Planting your hydrangeas in early spring or in the fall is ideal. When you are planting a hydrangea, remember that the blooms and stems must be protected from strong winds and the hot afternoon sun. Avoid planting in open areas where strong winds could break stems. Planting on the eastern side of a building ensures that, in the afternoon, when the sun is at its hottest, your plants are in the shade.
Make sure your plant has good drainage. If the soil is too wet, the roots might rot, and the plant will die. Incorporate a lot of organic matter and an all-purpose slow-release fertilizer into the soil to give your hydrangea a strong start.

General Hydrangea Care

  • If you plant them in the summer, they need a lot more water in the beginning to establish the root system.
  • Most varieties thrive in full sun to part shade, as long as they are planted in moist, rich soil.
  • Water deeply once a week, and maybe more, if the weather is particularly hot or dry.
  • Hydrangea fertilization needs vary greatly, depending on your intended bloom color. Certain elements of the fertilizer affect the soil pH, which is a major determinant of bloom color in the pink/blue hydrangea varieties.


Planting:

Space according to ultimate size. Choose a good garden soil, high in organic matter that will help keep ample moisture available to the roots. The location should be sunny or partly shaded, the latter being preferable in dry areas.

If the pH of your soil is too high (alkaline), it can be reduced (made more acidic) by the addition of one tablespoon or more of Aluminum Sulfate per plant – this will make your flowers a deeper blue.


Maintenance:

An annual mulch of compost is beneficial. In very cold or exposed locations, “hill” up the soil and mulch the base of the plant with pine needles or leaves. Most species require little pruning except the removal of dead flower heads after blooming or in early spring.

For H. arborescens, prune the previous year’s flowering wood to the ground in early spring. For H. macrophylla (H. hortensis) and H. serrata, thin out two- or threeyear- old flowering shoots at ground level to promote vigorous new growth. H.petiolaris should be pruned only for aesthetics.


Zones:

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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:


1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.