Limelight Hydrangeas Are Sensational Now

Close-up of Limelight Hydrangea bloom cluster

These hydrangeas grow to be large shrubs but are easily controlled with winter pruning.

A corner planting of Limelight Hydrangea that is 2 years old from 5 gallon plants when installed

A new hydrangea is taking our landscapes around Birmingham by storm. Limelight hydrangeas are a selection of the deciduous peegee hydrangea, which you almost never saw in a landscape planting. But this plant with it sensational blossoms that will turn lime green when it ages is the perfect follow up when the florist hydrangeas finish blooming. The other neat thing about these hydrangeas; most garden centers have them for sale in bloom, and it’s ok to plant them now. Limelight hydrangeas like sun, and while they love fertile well drained soil, they really will live in poor soil that is not well drained. That is why it is a popular landscape plant around new subdivision homes. But if you have poor soil, the key to big flowers is good fertilization. The two year old plants above look great even though they are in poor soil because they are on a monthly diet of 15-0-15 fertilizer. Also they are grown as standards, too, and they do not seem to have any problem over wintering in our area. So for a big white flower that turns lime green as it ages, limelight hydrangea shrubs are for you.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

2 thoughts on “Limelight Hydrangeas Are Sensational Now

  1. Thanks John! Are there specific light requirements for limelight’s? We have some on the edge of a tree line that are robust plants… but no blooms…

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