I have a special love for Little Lime and it comes from personal experience. When we moved into our farmhouse we planted four of them in poor quality soil. Each year we have mulched them and we have since they have produced some of the most stunning, long lasting blooms of our entire garden. They are the perfect height to frame the bottom of our large picture window and the huge green, white, to pink blooms provide a backdrop for the purples, whites, and pinks we have used through the rest of the garden.
Little Lime provides all of the characteristics of the #1 selling Limelight Hydrangea in a more compact package, and that just means more options for rock gardens, border plantings, and garden beds. The flowers on these hydrangeas are truly stunning emerging a white/green and slowly transforming into pink/red as the summer progresses. When you walk through a neighborhood and see large, hearty, health hydrangea with large blooms, there is a good chance that they are panicle hydrangeas. The variety simply holds up to stress and heat better than most other hydrangeas while providing durable blooms for a long period of time. We are excited to offer these hydrangea because they are an easy to grow, hardy and beautiful addition for any garden.
|Bloom Color:||White and green transition to shades of light pink as fall approaches.|
|Bloom Period:||Summer to fall (3 months)|
|Fall Color:||Orange with hints of red and yellow|
|Foliage Color:||Rich green|
|Genus & Species:||Hydrangea paniculata 'SMNHPM' USPP 32513|
|Growth Rate:||Fast once established|
|Mature Height:||18 to 40|
|Soil Type:||Well drained soil; that retains moisture well.|
|Sun Exposure:||Full to part sun (we recommend part sun)|
|Zone:||3 to 8|
General care for any tree or shrub is easy, please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.
Caring for Little Lime® Panicle Hydrangea
Hydrangeas do well in areas that have well drained consistently moist soil that is free of compaction. Prepare your soil by loosening it up with tilling or digging and then mulch well around the flowers to discourage mowers and other traffic. We do no recommend applying any adaments (soil, compost, etc.) to the soil when planted. If you do water can sit in your hole causing the roots of the plant to rot as the soil around the hole is much tougher and more compact. These hydrangeas should be pruned back int he spring removing any growth that isn't green when scratched with a thumbnail, but they can be trimmed to about 1 ft. to keep a tighter more compact appearance. Apply a slow release fertilizer in the spring for best results. Since they bloom on new wood vigrous growth is important for full blooming. Make sure that hydrangeas have high quality soil that is loose and non-compacted and also use a slow release fertilizer in early spring to maximize results. Use a process called restorative pruning where 1/3 of brances are trimed back leaving 2/3 of the branches intact.