Limelight Prime

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With its early bloom time, Limelight Prime will have great container presentation earlier in the season.

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December 15, 2020

Hydrangea paniculata

PHOTOS COURTESY OF SPRING MEADOW NURSERY

How long has it been on the market?

Available at garden centers in Spring 2021

Sun/shade requirements

Plant in full or part sun in cooler climates. In warm areas, plant with some morning sun and shade during the hottest part of the day.

Grows to height/width

4-6’ tall + 4’ wide | 1.2-1.8m tall + 1.2m wide

USDA Zones

Hardy down to USDA Zone 3; heat-tolerant through USDA Zone 8b

Habit

Upright

Consumer care requirements

• Limelight Prime hydrangea can be planted spring through fall. In cooler climates, you may even plant it in summer, provided you’ll be around to monitor watering needs. In hot climates, early spring or fall planting is recommended.

• Plant in well-drained soil, in full or part sun for cooler climates. In warm areas, plant with some morning sun and shade during the hottest part of the day.

• Panicle hydrangeas don’t need much fertilizer — one application of a granular rose fertilizer in early spring is sufficient.

Pruning panicle hydrangeas like Limelight Prime is easy. Just cut each stem back by about one-third its total height in late winter or early spring, and remove any thin, spindly branches. This builds a strong base while encouraging lots of new growth for dozens of fabulous flowers.

Key features

A denser, more compact habit than ‘Limelight’ that creates a lush, full look in the landscape

Blooms a month earlier than ‘Limelight’, which is especially beneficial in cooler climates

Better flower color from its early summer green phase all the way through autumn’s red and pink tones

Strong, sturdy stems that won’t flop over, even under the weight of enormous blooms

A smaller size that works perfectly for home landscapes and gardens

Limelight Prime hydrangea blooms in mid summer. The flowers start green and develop their pink/red coloration beginning in late August, when the weather gets cooler. Its long bloom period means you’ll enjoy colorful flowers for 3+ months every year.