Compared to its famous sibling ‘Limelight’, Little Lime hardy hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata) may seem like a pipsqueak. Don’t let this petite shrub fool you. While maintaining its short stature of 3-5’ tall and wide, it really packs a visual punch in the garden. In summer, lime green blooms open on strong stems – no drooping here. As it ages, rich pink coloring emerges to prolong the show through fall.

Little Lime hydrangea is small enough to grow in containers and also stands out as a bold mass planting. Its bright bloom coloration makes it an excellent choice for cut flower gardens and can be used fresh or dried. This reliable performer blooms on new wood, so a quick trim in late winter or early spring will encourage fresh growth and an abundance of buds. Like most hardy hydrangeas, it is hardy to Zone 3 and does best in full sun or part shade.

Summer flowers open soft green and turn pink and burgundy in fall.



Plant Type: Shrub  

Shrub Type: Deciduous  

Height Category: Medium  

Garden Height: 36 - 60 Inches  

Spacing: 36 - 60 Inches  

Spread: 36 - 60 Inches  

Flower Colors: Green Pink 

Flower Shade: Green, turning pink in fall  

Foliage Colors: Green  

Foliage Shade: Green  

Habit: Mounded  

Container Role: Thriller 



Light Requirement: Part Sun to Sun  

Maintenance Category: Easy 

Blooms On: New Wood 

Bloom Time: Early Summer Mid Summer Late Summer 

Hardiness Zones: 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

Water Category: Average 

Uses: Border Plant Container Cut Flower Dried Flower Landscape 

Uses Notes: Excellent for the mixed border or foundation plantings. This compact, hardy hydrangea fits easily into smaller landscapes, including container gardens.

Maintenance Notes: 

Prune in late winter/early spring. Apply a controlled release fertilizer in early spring. A supplemental dose of liquid feed may be needed in mid summer. Soil pH does not affect bloom color.


Little Lime® Panicle Hydrangea | PW


    181 Pine Hollow Dr.

    Dallas, NC 28034

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