The Limelight Hardy Hydrangea, otherwise known as the Hydrangea Paniculata ‘Limelight’ Plant Patent #12,874; Can. Plant Breeders Rights #2319 or Hydrangea ‘Limelight’, Panicle Hydrangea ‘Limelight’, Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ PP12874, is a rather well known shrub plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.
Best known for its low maintenance and moderate growth, this shrub will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.
This is why all the topics you need to know in order to achieve this will be covered in this Limelight Hardy Hydrangea Care Guide. Ready? Let’s go!
The fundamental caring guidelines for every Limelight Hardy Hydrangea can be summed up into the following:
- Water: The Limelight Hardy Hydrangea grows best with regular watering to keep the soil moist during the dry season. Reduce watering once the plant is established.
- Light: Keep your Hydrangea Paniculata ‘Limelight’ Plant Patent #12,874; Can. Plant Breeders Rights #2319 in an environment where it can receive filtered to full sun on a daily basis.
- Soil: Make sure to keep the Limelight Hardy Hydrangea in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of sand, loam, and clay.
That’s it – sunlight, water and soil! The basic 3 fundamentals for all plant care, and with the Limelight Hardy Hydrangea this is no exception. With these three elements, your leafy friend will live healthy and happy.
Scientific / Botanical Aspects
In botanical terms, the Limelight Hardy Hydrangea belongs to the Hydrangeaceae family, the genus Hydrangea and the species Paniculata, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Hydrangea Paniculata ‘Limelight’ Plant Patent #12,874; Can. Plant Breeders Rights #2319 (hy-DRAIN-juh pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tuh).
As with other Hydrangea’s, the Limelight Hardy Hydrangea is a deciduous plant, which means it will shed its leaves annually once autumn comes.
The Limelight Hardy Hydrangea is a plant native to the Holland.
Knowing your plant’s native region is very useful, as it can give you tips on which environment is best for your Limelight Hardy Hydrangea. If you keep it in mind, you can try to replicate these conditions at home, and you’ll likely end with a healthier plant.
With this in mind, the Hydrangea Paniculata ‘Limelight’ Plant Patent #12,874; Can. Plant Breeders Rights #2319 will be most used to the heat zones in the 1 – 8 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a and the ideal climate zone is between 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, A2, A3.
Growth and Size
In terms of size and growth, the Limelight Hardy Hydrangea is a relatively moderate grower, which makes things somewhat easy for any plant enthusiast.
But what exactly does this mean for your Limelight Hardy Hydrangea? How large a pot should you consider, how tall, how wide can it get? Let’s jump in…
The Hydrangea Paniculata ‘Limelight’ Plant Patent #12,874; Can. Plant Breeders Rights #2319 can grow up to 6′ – 8′ (180cm – 240cm) in 6′ – 8′ (180cm – 240cm) and 6′ – 8′ (180cm – 240cm) in 6′ – 8′ (180cm – 240cm).
These dimensions make the Limelight Hardy Hydrangea a relatively large shrub compared to others, so it’s best to keep this fact in mind since it will affect where you want to keep yours at home.
Also, expect it to grow in a wonderful rounded shape, which is something worthwhile to remember when making your garden landscape plans.
This is why experts recommend keeping an area of approximately 96″ – 120″ (240cm – 300cm) free so the Limelight Hardy Hydrangea can spread to its best extent.
In terms of watering, the Limelight Hardy Hydrangea is a fairly complicated plant to take care of.
This is mostly because it has a not so straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.
Specifically, most experts agree that the Hydrangea Paniculata ‘Limelight’ Plant Patent #12,874; Can. Plant Breeders Rights #2319 grows best with regular watering to keep the soil moist during the dry season. Reduce watering once the plant is established.
Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water.
As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Limelight Hardy Hydrangea in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive.
When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage, and moist properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times.
In our experience, the famous ‘thumb’ or ‘finger’ test is what works best for the Limelight Hardy Hydrangea since with it, you will be able to give it the right amount of water, every time – regardless of the environment or placement where you do decide to keep it.
As mentioned earlier, the Limelight Hardy Hydrangea prefers to have soil with good drainage, and moist properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of sand, loam, and clay.
This is why most experts agree that the Limelight Hardy Hydrangea requires soil with high organic matter, and loam (silt), which will give you the right conditions it needs.
In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably neutral to acid soil.
Light and Exposure
In terms of light & exposure, the Limelight Hardy Hydrangea requires filtered to full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions.
Most experts agree that this shrub will do well as long as you keep it in partial to full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.
Specifically, we recommend that you place your Hydrangea Paniculata ‘Limelight’ Plant Patent #12,874; Can. Plant Breeders Rights #2319 in from little to partial shade (only 2-6 hours of direct sunlight a day), to dappled or moderate shade (under other plant’s canopy), to full and direct sun (more than 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).
Being a deciduous plant, the Limelight Hardy Hydrangea will shed its leaves annually once autumn comes.
But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the summer (late), and during the fall.
You can expect your Limelight Hardy Hydrangea to flower around the summer and in the fall months from July to September (summer), and from October to December (fall).
In particular, this shrub is well known for its flowers for cutting and showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.
The Limelight Hardy Hydrangea produces some beautiful green, or pink, cream/tangreen, and white flowers around this time of year.
The leaves from the Limelight Hardy Hydrangea have a beautiful green color during most of the year.
In particular, they have a simple arrangement with a opposite organization in its leaves.
You can expect the leaves from your Hydrangea Paniculata ‘Limelight’ Plant Patent #12,874; Can. Plant Breeders Rights #2319 to be around (3-6 inches) in size.
Attracts, Tolerance and Resistance
The Limelight Hardy Hydrangea is well known for being able to attract butterflies, so keep that in mind when choosing your plant, as you’ll likely end up finding one or another in your garden.
Additionally, it has a special tolerance for salt, so don’t worry if any of these come along, your Hydrangea Paniculata ‘Limelight’ Plant Patent #12,874; Can. Plant Breeders Rights #2319 will be fine.
How should you then organize your garden to include your new Limelight Hardy Hydrangea? Here are some recommendations by expert gardeners.
Most Hydrangea Paniculata ‘Limelight’ Plant Patent #12,874; Can. Plant Breeders Rights #2319 owners agree that this shrub will look great in most cottage gardens of all types.
Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of informal and cottage, city and courtyard, and in traditional garden styles.
In particular, the Limelight Hardy Hydrangea’s best location within your garden is in hedges and screens, beds and borders, and in patio and containers, others use it for landscaping in a specimen, poolside, mass planting, hedge, cutting garden, container, border, or a woodland garden.
Limelight Hardy Hydrangea’s do well with some other plants beside it. One good companion plant is the Viburnum, which will pair up nicely with your leafy friend.
Others consider that a nice Deutzia will work well too, so choose whichever you find works best for you!
And we’ve come to an end. Fortunately, that’s everything you need to know about your Limelight Hardy Hydrangea to keep it safe and sound in your garden or home. Enjoy planting!