Little lime hydrangeas are a newer variety of the panicle hydrangea. These are a beautiful addition to any garden, and are really popular for their size.
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Little lime hydrangeas are aptly named for a few reasons: they are small, the flowers start off a lime-green color, and are the dwarf version of the limelight hydrangea!
Here are the 4 best reasons why you should grow a little lime hydrangea!
For Their Size
As mentioned above, these little lime hydrangeas are small. One of the smallest varieties of hydrangeas that you can purchase, which makes it a great option for many people who don’t have the space for a full shrub!
Keep in mind that while this is a smaller variety of hydrangea, it’s mature height can be up to 5 feet tall and 5 feet wide. You can control that with pruning before the start of a new season, if you’d prefer to keep it smaller or more manageable in a pot.
The size of this hydrangea is perfect because it will be covered in beautiful flowers without taking over the garden.
For The Flowers
All hydrangeas have spectacular colored flowers creating a beautiful garden. This little lime hydrangea is no exception. It blooms from early summer into autumn, giving you color for most of the growing season.
This type of hydrangea does have a unique shape, with the flowers looking more like a cone than the typical spherical shape of the flowers. This makes it more easily identifiable!
The flowers will start a light green color (almost white), being one of only a few flower varieties to have a green flower. Once the flowers have matured, they will change into a pink-red color, and finally turn an auburn color at the end of the season.
All of these colors are beautiful and it’s amazing that you can have all of them from just one plant as time goes on throughout the season.
(This is not a variety of hydrangea that the flower changes color with pH. These will stay the same regardless of the pH of the soil. Look at big leaf and oak leaf for those!)
Hydrangeas do require some maintenance, but the little lime hydrangea is the one that requires the least effort to maintain. It stays small, so you don’t have to worry about it growing out of control.
This is a panicle hydrangea, which the flowers grow on new wood. So while it is a good idea to prune it in late winter or early spring, it will grow flowers even if you fail to prune.
They do need to be in well draining soil, and ideally 6 hours of sun a day in the summer (but can also bloom in part-sun conditions). The great thing about this hydrangea is that it can be put in a pot, so you don’t have to worry about having hard clay soil in the garden, and could potentially move the plant if it’s not getting enough sun.
For more on maintenance of this plant, read about panicle hydrangeas here.
Live In The Right Hardiness Zone
Not all plants survive in the same weather, or really cold winters or if it’s too hot outside in the summers. Luckily, this small hydrangea is a plant that can grow in most parts of the United States. It’s optimal to grow it in hardiness zones at a level 3 or higher. (This covers most of the USA as being able to grow!)
This plant should bloom almost whatever you do, but if it’s not you can read here why your hydrangea might not be blooming!
Also, keep in mind that hydrangeas are poisonous when ingested, so you will want to keep it out of the way of pets that will chew on it or young children!
Deciding you want a different kind of hydrangea? Check out the other varieties!
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