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Limelight PeeGee Hydrangea
As the dog days of late summer set in and most flowering plants are fading out from their summer performances, one shrub will take center stage in your landscape or garden with a commanding presence similar to that of the Chinese Snowball Viburnum: "Limelight" Hydrangea. With its huge, 8 to 12-inch snow cone-shaped flower clusters, Limelight Hydrangea puts on a spectacular show of color in the garden - mid-summer through fall! More details below

Limelight PeeGee Hydrangea

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Limelight Pee Gee Hydrangea
Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 3a-9b  Find Your Zone

Note: For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 3a, where this Hydrangea is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know that it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

As the dog days of late summer set in and most flowering plants are fading out from their summer performances, one shrub will take center stage in your landscape or garden with a commanding presence similar to that of the Chinese Snowball Viburnum: the Limelight Hydrangea. With its huge, 8 to 12-inch snow cone-shaped flower clusters, Limelight Hydrangea puts on a spectacular show of color in the garden - mid-summer through fall. The flowers of Limelight emerge a chartreuse color turning to cream before fading to deep pink in the fall. Soil pH does not effect bloom color. As an added bonus, Limelight blooms make great cut flowers for use in both fresh or dried floral arrangements.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in an upright rounded form 7 to 8 feet tall and 6 to 7 feet wide, Limelight makes an impressive shrub or tree form specimen all on its own. That said, groupings and hedges of this cultivar are even more spectacular. Also a nice addition to mixed flowering shrub borders, as an accent in home foundation plantings, as a background in perennial gardens, and in large pots, planters or other containers of 18 inches or more in diameter. A fine addition to white color theme gardens and cut flower and cottage gardens.

Spacing:  5-6' for solid hedges; 9'+ for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Limelight Hydrangea is exceptionally easy to grow when planted right and in the right spot.  Almost any moist but well-drained soil of average fertility will do. Limelight can take the heat at our location here in north-central Georgia, but it's also exceptionally cold hardy, withstanding even the coldest winter temperatures as far north as USDA Zone 3a, where it will also tolerate full, all day sun. In the South, zones 7 and below, it will tolerate full sun, but we've seen it perform and look its best with some filtered sun or dappled shade during the hottest hours of summer afternoons. We recommend at least 5 hours of direct sunlight per day or all day lightly filtered sun for best flowering. Too much shade and plants become floppy with diminished flowering.

Note:  Limelight is a Hydrangea paniculata species that produces its flowers from buds that are formed on "new wood" (the current season's growth). This means you don't want to prune them in late spring or summer when they're preparing to bloom. 

For proper pruning time and techniques on various types of Hydrangea see:  How To Prune Various Types Of Hydrangea 




Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Hydrangeas.







Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 3a-8b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity:  7-8'
Width at Maturity: 6-7'
Spacing:  5' for solid hedges; 10'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Rounded, Upright
Flower Color:  Chartreuse, fading to Cream and then to Pink!
Flower Size:  Large - up to 12 inches long
Flowering Period:  Summer thru Fall
Flower Type:  Single in large clusters
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  NA
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Full Sun in North, Part Shade in South
Water Needs:  Average, low when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  6.0 - 8.0 (Moderately Acid to Moderately Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought (when established in part shade), Heat, Humidity, Insect, Sun



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