Limelight hydrangea is a type of panicle hydrangea from Holland bred by Pieter Zwijnenburg Jr. Panicle hydrangeas are known for producing pine shaped flowers composed of delicate florets. Popular panicle hydrangeas include peegee hydrangeas and pinky winky hydrangeas.
Limelight hydrangea is gaining popularity among home gardeners for many reasons. For one, it produces magnificent compact flowers that can measure up to 6 to 8 inches in diameter. The leaves of limelight hydrangeas have a deeper green than the color of other varieties. The color of the flowers depends on the climate where they grown in. It can range from a creamy white to a light green. As the flowers mature in the fall, their colors turn a deep pink or burgundy.
Growing limelight hydrangeas take very little care. It can be a perfect plant for beginner gardeners to get them encouraged into other, more challenging plant varieties. In this article, we will talk about what type of care you need to provide in order to have a thriving limelight hydrangea in your garden.
The first thing you need to consider is the timing. The best time to plant, or to transplant hydrangeas is during late spring or early fall. This is the period when the plant experiences rapid growth - both vertically and underground. Moving them to a new home at this period will help make sure that they take to their new environment immediately.
When choosing a spot for your limelight hydrangea, you can be less picky. This plant has been known to survive even in locations that doesn’t receive too much sunlight. Of course, the ideal spot is one where it can receive a good amount of sunlight during the day time and shade during the afternoon. But if you have less than the ideal spot, you can still go for it.
Hydrangeas typically need a lot of water. However, you can rely on the limelight hydrangea to be able to withstand less watering. In fact, it has been known to tolerate drought once it’s well established. But for best results though, you will want to give it sufficient water. Keep the soil moist. Covering it with mulch helps to seal the moisture in. Water regularly, but take care not to overwater. Make sure you plant your hydrangea in well draining soil to prevent root rot from the roots standing in water.
Pruning is an important part of hydrangea care. With most hydrangeas, pruning at the wrong time immediately cuts your chance of enjoying flowers in the next season. Not so with limelight hydrangeas. They tend to be more forgiving. New blossoms grow on new stems and you can trim the plant to any shape and size that you want. Cutting it back will only result in even larger flowers.