I’ve always loved the way hydrangea bushes bring so much color to the summer garden. But hydrangea bushes can get quite large, and the reality is that a lot of folks just don’t have room for them.
Which is why I’m so excited about Little Lime. A new dwarf form of the popular Limelight Hydrangea, Little Lime has the same prolific blooming habits as its larger cousin but in a plant that’s just one third to one half the size. At 3’ to 5’ high and about 5’ wide, it’s easy to fit the Little Lime Hydrangea bushes into your yard.
Let’s talk about hydrangea care
Little Lime Hydrangea is excellent for use in mixed borders or foundation plantings, where it will bloom for four weeks or more from July to September. You can also plant these hydrangea bushes in large pots, as long as you keep them well watered.
Like most hydrangea, Little Lime may require supplemental watering during periods of dry weather. As part of your hydrangea care you can also give these plants a heavy pruning in late winter or early spring. Just be sure to avoid pruning once the flowers heads have begun to form, as the plant only flowers on new wood.
Picture these hydrangea bushes in your garden
If you’re like me, you’ll love the way these hydrangea bushes look. Just like the larger Limelight Hydrangea, Little Lime produces a bounty of striking green flowers in the summer that gradually fade to cream and then turn to a pink or burgundy color in the fall. So from the flower color perspective, it’s kind of like getting three different hydrangeas in one!
Plus, the plant’s stems are extremely sturdy, and hold their big blooms up very well. This means that they not only look gorgeous in the garden, without the flower heads flopping over, they also look quite lovely in cut flower arrangements in the house.
If you want a hard-working and colorful plant where space is limited, you can’t go wrong with the Little Lime Hydrangea. Available now at the Shoppe. $29.99