The Limelight Hydrangea Is Not Your Ordinary Hydrangea
Cool Lime And Creamy White – Hard To Top - The Limelight hydrangea is in a word - "cool". The blooms of this plant are variously described as being large, white, creamy, and green. The blooms in truth contain a bit of each of these characteristics. They are certainly large and showy, white to creamy white, but tinged with a lime color. The blooms at times are more lime colored than creamy white. But to say the blooms are green is somewhat misleading. The truth is, the Limelight hydrangea is a plant of many colors. In the fall, the blooms are often lime tinged with yellow, and even at times turn a reddish to purple color. The leaves are very dark green, setting of the blossoms nicely.
Tree, Shrub, Hedge, or Screen - Take Your Pick - There are several reasons behind the popularity of the Limelight hydrangea. Of course any beautiful plant that bursts upon the scene is going to quickly gain a following. The Limelight is beautiful as a stand alone container plant, say on a patio, or it will blend in nicely with most other flowers in the garden. The Limelight can even be grown as a small tree, attaining a height of 6 to 8 feet, and can be planted as a low shrub, a hedge, or a screen, as it takes well to pruning to a desired shape. The plant when left to its own devices, has a graceful, somewhat pyramid-like shape, grows fairly rapidly, loves sunshine, but also will perform in partial shade,. It is easy to care for. About the only cautionary note is that you'll need to avoid getting water on the blooms during hot weather, or they will begin to turn brown. Brown is one of the colors you definitely don't want to see in a hydrangea, or most any other flowering plant for that matter. While the colors of many hydrangeas are dependent to a degree on the acidity of the soil, the Limelight does not exhibit any such dependence.
Prune It Severely, And Next Year – It's Back! - The Limelight hydrangea is not only an easy keeper, but it's difficult to kill. It's a drought tolerant plant, not nearly as water dependent as hydrangeas tend to be, and can withstand a fairly severe pruning. Cut the plant down by 1/2 at the end of the season and it will come back with even larger blooms the following year. The plant does not bloom on old wood, so pruning and removing spent blooms is very beneficial as far as keeping the plant attractive is concerned. The Limelight blooms in mid summer and continues to bloom on into the fall.
At the beginning of this article, it was noted that the Limelight hydrangea displays a variety of colors. The amount of lime coloring you will witness in its blossoms, as opposed to white or creamy white, can depend somewhat on where you live. Looking at comments from Limelight owners in the Internet forums indicates that people have experience differences in colors in the hydrangea somewhat dependent upon where they live, though none seem to be disappointed. Whether you get lots of lime and green or lots of creamy white, this plant, with its exceptionally large blooms is almost always a show stopper.
Give It A Try - The popularity of the Limelight hydrangea isn't simply hype. Introduced from Holland, the plant has won numerous awards at flower shows and achieved wide recognition and acclaim from leading gardening and agricultural organizations. There are numerous web sites where you can see photographs of the plant in all of its glory. The fact that it is so easy to grow, and can be grown in such a variety of ways, makes it nearly imperative to at least give it a try in your garden.