How to Grow Little Lime Hydrangeas 

Grow Little Lime Hydrangeas in your garden with our comprehensive planting tips. Many of you have seen the Limelight Hydrangea shrub, but did you know there is a smaller version? The smaller shrub is the Little Lime Hydrangea. Little Lime matures between 3 to 5 feet high and wide. It is ideal for smaller gardens and spaces. Summertime brings lime green blooms that mature into rich pink shades and darker tones in the Fall. 

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Plant these beauties in mass or a patio or porch container. The large blooms are perfect for creating a fresh floral bouquet. This is a deciduous shrub, meaning it loses its leaves in the fall. Hardy up to zone 3, which thrives in full sun in cooler climates and partially shady in warmer climates.  

Grow Little Lime Hydrangeas

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Provide the best-growing conditions for Little Lime by planting in well-draining soil. Organically rich soil is best for this shrub. Give it an average amount of water to keep it moist. Avoid dense soil that retains water, such as clay soil. One way to test your soil is to grab a handful of soil and close your hand. Open your hand and examine the soil. If the soil stays compressed and remains in a clump, it has clay. However, well-draining soil will fall apart after opening your hand. In this case, the soil has better-draining capabilities.

Characteristics of Little Lime Hydrangeas

This variety of hydrangeas has a compact, upright-mounting shape. A free branch habit with solid stems. The branches support the panicle, which blooms upright without any hanging downward. Exceptionally hardy, thriving in zones up to 3.

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About Growing Little Lime Hydrangeas  

First, the characteristics of the Little Lime Hydrangea shrub:

  • Grows in zones 3 to 8
  • Plant in full Sun to partial shade
  • At maturity, it reaches between 3 to 5 feet high with 3 to 5 feet spread
  • Blooms in lime green color aging to pink and later burgundy in the Fall
  • Flowers are upright, sharply-pointed conical panicles growing 6 to 8 inches long
  • Bloom from early summer to late summer
  • Foliage leaves are green 
  • Water needs are average, so water regularly
  • Grows best in organically rich soil conditions that drain well; avoid clay soil
  • The growth rate is average

Remember, plants thrive in full sun with six or more hours of sun. Plants with partial sun requirements thrive for 4 to 6 hours daily. Meanwhile, full-shade plants need up to 4 hours daily. 

Ground Soil Preparation for Little Lime Hydrangeas

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Use these helpful tips to grow little lime hydrangeas for maximum curb appeal.

  • Select a garden space with full sun or partially shaded based on your location.
  • Prepare the soil by digging a hole twice the depth and width of your shrub.
  • Add compost or rich organic soil and sphagnum peat moss to the soil (for best results, use 1/3 of your ground soil, 1/3 compost, and 1/3 sphagnum peat moss)
  • Work the soil thoroughly so the soil and amendments are mixed well. This is essential to ensure that soil drains quickly.
  • Potting soil and garden soil should release excess water quickly – this is necessary for hydrangeas to thrive.   
  • Sprinkle a handful of organic milky spore powder on the soil if grubs or Japanese Beetles are a problem. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. 

How to Grow Little Lime Hydrangeas 

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  • Plant Little Lime in full sun in cooler climates and partial shade in a warmer climate 
  • Group Little Lime Hydrangeas in mass, a mixed border, or the front yard to maximize curb appeal. Use as a single plant for a specimen, accent, or small hedge.
  • When planting several hydrangeas to form a hedge, space shrubs between 3 to 4 feet apart from the shrub center to the shrub center 
  • Fertilize during the spring using a slow-releasing fertilizer such as Holly Tone per the manufacturer’s directions.

Fall or Spring Pruning 

Cut back shrubs to encourage more vibrant branch growth in late fall or early spring for best results. Allow the shrub to grow as a multi-stemmed shrub. Limit the number and size of branches for optimal shrub form.

Planting Season for Little Lime Hydrangeas  

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  • Plant Little Lime in the ground during the fall or early spring season. This allows the shrub to form strong roots before the hot summer begins.
  • For container gardening, plant hydrangeas in the spring. Use a container slightly larger than the shrub’s container. During the fall season, remove the hydrangea from the container and plant in the ground to winter over.

Display Fresh Floral Bouquets

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Gather a group of panicles for either fresh or dry flower arrangement.

Tips for Growing Little Lime

  • Once established, water weekly 
  • Prune every spring to maintain healthy panicles.
  • Garden styles for Little Lime Hydrangeas are suitable for formal, traditional, or cottage-style gardens. 
  • Grow this shrub as a specimen plant or a focal point in the garden.

Origination of Little Lime Hydrangea

A newer introduction, Little Lime, was developed during a breeding program in Grand Haven, Michigan, in 2005. It started with a limelight hydrangea that was crossed with other hydrangea paniculatas, and then the little lime was born.   

The original limelight, a woody shrub, is a cultivar of panicle hydrangea. The parent plant is native to eastern and southern China, Japan, and the Islands of Sakhalin and Kuril.

Companion Plants for Little Lime Hydrangeas 

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Plant these companion plants with a limelight hydrangea

As you may have noticed, Little Limes are easy to grow and maintain. Start with selecting a sunny or partly sunny spot with great soil. Add water, and fertilize in the spring. They are easy to grow.

This ends our post on how to grow little lime hydrangeas. Let us know if you plant a limelight in your garden. Do you have a favorite hydrangea? To learn more about plants, read our other posts. If you enjoyed this post . . . .

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