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Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ Limelight hydrangea

Common Name: Limelight Hydrangea

Type: shrub

Family: Hydrangeaceae

Zone: 3 to 8     Find Your Zone

Height: 6 to 8 feet

Width: 6 to 8 feet

Bloom Time: July to September

Bloom Color: chartreuse cream, turning to a rose pink

Sun exposure: full sun to part shade

Fall Color: red leaves

Soil: well drained, acidic

Leaves: deciduous

Fertilizer: Holly-tone and ACR food for acid loving plants

This plant works well in urban settings and tolerates poor air quality well. Unlike most Hydrangeas, it blooms on current year’s growth so prune as needed. It also gets loaded with massive blooms and is a major award winning plant and is a must in any landscape. It’s a great plant for cut flower arrangements as well. Limelight also blooms off new growth, unlike most other lacecap and macrophylla hydrangeas.


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type. 
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.

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Posted 2015-05-31T13:56:38+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL