This is a public service announcement:
If you’re looking for an easy to grow, low maintenance shrub in your garden that will provide you with both beautiful cut and dried flowers, plant a Limelight Hydrangea!
I have five Limelight hydrangeas planted around the Potting Shed.
‘Limelight’ is a paniculata hydrangea with panicle-shaped flower heads that grow 6 to 12 inches long. Unlike other hydrangea varieties, they are drought tolerant, preferring part to full sun.
We planted three Limelight hydrangeas as a hedge on one side of the Potting Shed in the fall of 2015. The other two are planted on opposite corners.
You can see how much they’ve grown in three years. . .
Garden Height: 72 – 96 Inches
Spread: 72 – 96 Inches
Limelight hydrangeas are hardy in zones 3 – 9 (we’re in zone 7b). If you don’t know your gardening zone, you can find a USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map and look up your zone by zipcode, here.
Limelight hydrangeas are fast growing and low maintenance! They bloom mid-summer when everything else is in the garden is beginning to fade and looking tired and spent. . . like I do mid-July, after lugging my hose around in 90+ degree temps.
The creamy-chartreuse color flowers transition to a burnished pink-bronze color in the fall.
You can’t beat them for a cut or dried flower.
Limelights are extremely durable, long-lived, and easy to grow. They like the full sun in cold climates and benefit from some afternoon shade in warmer ones. They do require well-drained soil.
Limelights bloom on new wood, so they should be pruned in late winter or early spring, before new growth begins. To prune, simply cut back by one-third its total height.
I caught this bumblebee crawling out of the flower head after taking a nap. . .
And spied a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird, feeding at a limelight bloom. She might have been after insects nearby, but she was flitting around the blooms for quite a while!
This concludes your public service announcement!