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Limelight Refreshes the Summer Garden

You love hydrangeas but have a sunny landscape? There are beautiful hydrangeas available at local nurseries that will grow well in sunnier locations.

‘Limelight’ is attractive when planted with other summer flowers like SunPatiens and Rudbeckia. Photo by Beth Bolles, UF IFAS Extension Escambia County.

Limelight hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’) is a large deciduous shrub that is a show piece in the summer garden. Large light green flowers form on new wood and cover the shrub. If you don’t have room for a hydrangea of grows 8 feet tall and wide, consider ‘Little Lime’ which grows about 4 feet tall and wide. Both can be purchased in local nurseries.

‘Little Lime’ is attractive when used in mass plantings. Photo by Beth Bolles, UF IFAS Extension Escambia County.

Both hydrangeas will benefit from mulching and water during periods lacking rainfall.  ‘Limelight’ can be used as a specimen while ‘Little Lime’ is effective when planted in masses of at least three plants.  Consider adding these around evergreen plants since they will lose their foliage during cooler months.  Both plants are generally low maintenance but may benefit from a very light pruning to remove crossing branches during winter or early spring.