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Hydrangea Limelight

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Hydrangea Limelight (Hydrangea paniculata) is an award-winning shrub that is pretty much foolproof. It blooms reliably every year and requires very little care. You can use it as a single specimen or combine several into a long alee'. It is a magnificent sight when in full flower, which lasts from early summer right into the bare stem days of winter.

The large conical flower heads open a limey green. As they age the blooms morph into shades of pink, green, and burgundy. Even in the winter, the tan-colored flower heads remain attractive.

This hydrangea doesn't seem to require as much water as some. It is one of the hardiest of the hydrangeas, surviving in USDA Zones 3-9. Prepare the soil with compost; give it some water to establish it the first season and it will reward you with massive blossoms.

Prune it to any height and shape you want. Pruning will force new growth. Some hydrangeas lose their flower buds if pruned at the wrong time. Limelight blossoms on the new stems. Pruning it in late fall or early spring will force a bigger flower show.

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