LITTLE LIME® Hardy Hydrangea

Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 3-5' Width/Spread: 3-5'

Little Lime® panicle hydrangea has the same big blooms and cool green coloring you love from ‘Limelight’, but its space-saving stature means it can be planted in more gardens than ever! Its strong stems hold flowers strictly upright, creating a worry free, long lasting display. It performs well in containers and looks handsome when planted in foundation designs or as a low hedge.

Why grow Little Lime® panicle hydrangea?

  • Useful dwarf size
  • Long-lasting flowers
  • Elegant color transition


Light: The most sun-tolerant type of hydrangea! It will thrive in full sun to Part Sun. In warmer zones, it could benefit from placement in afternoon shade.

Soil: Prefers moist soil that drains easily. Any period of extended sogginess will not be tolerated. Soil pH does not affect flower color, it matures to deep pink in the fall. If browning occurs instead of aging to pink, this is an indication the nights are too warm or that it is getting inconsistent water.

Water: Average water needs.

Fertilizing: Nothing special required. If desired, you may apply a granular fertilizer formulated for woody plants in late winter/early spring when the soil is workable.

Pruning: Pruning is recommended in early spring. Remove weak branches in the middle and about 1/3 of the height and width. Make cuts just about 1/4 of an inch above a bud. Dead or damaged wood can be removed at any time, just cut back to a set of leaves!

Other: It can be used as a cut flower! For its longest vase life, cut vertically up the stem about 2?. This will help it absorb more water.

Botanical Name

207; CBRAF, Hydrangea paniculata 'SMNHPH' UtilityPAF; PP#33


3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Flower Color

Green, Pink

Foliage Color







Full Sun, Part Sun


Average, Well-drained

Season of Interest



Borders, Containers, Cutting Gardens, Edging, Low Hedges, Mass Planting


Alkaline soil, Award winner, Clay soil, Compact, Cut flower, Fall interest, Salt tolerant

Blooms on

New wood


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