Can you believe that in a few short years, I’m going to have a 7′ tall shrub covered in these enormous blooms? Right now it’s just a baby but look at how it is performing. I am both stunned and amazed at how one bush can bloom its heart out. This is a focal point in my yard. Limelight sits at the front right corner of my porch. I can admire it from my swing and watch people’s response to it as they drive by. I might say that I’m just a bit proud.
These are photos from today in my garden. Look at my hand in comparison to the size of these blooms.
And here is a short video from today’s photos. I so much enjoy studying the intricate details of the inside and out of any bloom. Don’t forget to photograph what you don’t see as it can be just as interesting.
From the Proven Winners Site
An exciting hardy Hydrangea from Holland, ‘Limelight’ has unique bright chartreuse blooms in mid-summer that hold bright and refreshing color right into autumn when the blooms change color to a rich deep pink. The autumn display of chartreuse and pink blooms on the same plant is breathtaking! The color makes a great addition to the garden and it blends wonderfully with all other colors. Use ‘Limelight’, either fresh or dried, in bouquets to make a unique floral design. This is an easy to grow plant with reliable flowering and flower color regardless of soil pH. The flower heads are of good size, ranging from 6 to 12 inches and are held upright on the shrub. The blooms are well distributed making a very nice plant and display.
This Hydrangea is a show stopper: right now, first four months in the ground, full, full sun, lots of fresh air, it is blooming like mad: big, fat beautiful creamy, to bright white elongated blooms. They are sturdy blooms, and take a good wind. They don’t collapse. It has doubled in size since April, and I’m looking forward to all the color changes it will go through. The shape of the plant is graceful and strong. It’s a garden high-light. The Limelight I planted last year is equally fantastic, and it’s in part shade. Last year the blooms got so big and the color changes were so amazing to see, you couldn’t believe all that beauty on one plant. Because of that one plant, I went out and got three more.
A great looking plant! PLENTY of flowers and it tripled in size the first year we put it in the garden. We went out and bought three more.
Reliable, soft green summer flowers change to pink in fall. Great for cuts. Adaptable plant will flower every year. Soil pH does not affect bloom color.
• Cut Flower
• Dried Flower
• Drought Tolerant *
• Fall Interest
• Landscape Plant
*Even drought tolerant annual and perennial plants will need water for the first few weeks while they get established. Shrubs and trees will need to be watered for the first year after they are planted. After this, little or no supplemental water will be necessary when planted in the ground. No plant is truly drought tolerant in a container; water is necessary for all plants in containers.
Container Plant Style
Thriller – Used either in the back or middle of a container. Usually a taller item that adds height and drama to the container.
‘Limelight’ US PP12,874; Can. PBR 2319
Late Summer to Fall
Hardy in zones 3 – 9
Plant in sun or partial shade
Dry to Normal
Good in groupings and masses, in perennial and shrub borders, as a speciment, screen, or hedge. Good in containers, mixed containers, and as a cut flower.
Prefers good, loamy soil. Most adaptable of all hydrangeas to different soil types. Most urban tolerant and very difficult to kill. Best if pruned in late fall or early spring. Blooms on new wood. Make sure to prune off spent flowers when they turn brown. Prefers medium moisture, not as water dependent as Hydrangea macrophylla. Will tolerate drought. Deciduous shrub. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for the recommended rate of application.