In The Garden Now…..'Little Lime’ Hydrangea

Thursday, August 9, 2018

‘Little Lime’ paniculata Hydrangea
Text and Photo 
by Victoria Gilleland

There are hundreds of hydrangea cultivars. They range in size from one foot shrubs to 80 foot climbers.

From spring through fall flowers are produced in an array of colors including white, pink, red, blue, purple and combinations of these hues. 

 Many of those flowers transition from their original color to pink or purplish tints come fall.

I love plants with white or chartreuse tinted blossoms in the garden. They brighten and lighten the areas in which they are grown. Some summers back I saw a wonderful light chartreuse flowered hydrangea blooming at an estate garden. This was the gorgeous ‘Limelight’ Hydrangea. There were several plants lined up in a row, each being at least 7’x 7’. With their light lime colored flowers they were a wonderful addition to that summer garden, but even one plant of this size would have been difficult to fit into the average home garden.

Then, along came ’Little Lime!’ Hydrangea ‘Little Lime’ is a dwarf variety that typically stays under 4’ high and wide. Greenish tinted blossoms open in late spring and lighten as summer progresses. As fall approaches and the weather cools flowers take on pinkish to burgundy tones. Plants should be pruned in early spring or late winter since flowers are produced on the current year’s growth.

Most home gardens could accommodate a plant of this size. ‘Little Lime’ flourishes in sun to part sun and has even produced tons of blossoms in our shady Lake Forest Park garden under tall evergreen trees. Like most hydrangeas this one does like water but seems to be more drought tolerant than many.

Where could you use a splash of light in your garden? You just might have the perfect spot for this ever changing compact flowering shrub. It could even be grown in a large pot for a year or two and then planted in a garden bed. This one’s a winner!

Botanical Name:  Hydrangea paniculata ‘Little Lime ’

Victoria Gilleland is the owner of Cottage Garden Designs, a Garden Design company specializing in Redesign of Residential Gardens, Garden Consultation and Coaching. She has been designing gardens in the northwest for over 25 years. 


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