HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
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Merry Mary from Poughkeepsie New York
I planted three limelight hydrangeas on the southwest corner of my home 7 or 8 years ago. They are unfazed by heat or drought once established. Everyone who enters my back yard notices them and inquires what they are since are so spectacular in full bloom. They are at least seven feet tall by now but you can cut them back to any size you want in late fall since they bloom reliably every year on new wood. Cut the blooms for dried arrangements before the first frost in the fall as they will turn brown after a hard freeze. They retain their color well as a dried flower.
patti from florence al
If I had only one flowering plant I could plant this would be it. After reading all the awards the Limelight received I planted 5 together, and in July they are show stopping. I control the size of blooms by how it is cut back, and look forward to the color changes. The first beautiful cream color blooms are flawless, even in the heat. Then the green developes, then the dusty pink.
I always have enough blooms to help out in weddings and for personal use. But by far my favorite thing about this plant is its toughess. Once established it out lasts them all.
Pam from West Chester, PA
If you want HUGE blooms, cut it to the ground in the winter/spring/fall - anytime. You'll get many big, gorgeous heads that you can cut and bring indoors or not. Don't prune it and you'll get dozens of smaller, gorgeous lime-green flowers that you can bring in the house or leave on the shrub. Either way, neglect it or dote on it, you can have outdoor blooms, or indoor cut flowers, or cut the blooms of either size and stick them in a vase with no water and they'll last for years. If you can only have one shrub, this is it.
Linda the Garden Artist from Wenatchee, WA
This has become my favorite Hydrangea plant. I have planted 8 of them in my gardens. I have one that I planted last year at my front walkway, right by my black rod iron lamp post, and it stands majestically high (4 ft.)this year with about 12 branches loaded with huge blooms. It is magnificent in its appearance. I wish I could put a picture of it on this site.....I picked them last year after they turned Beige and I used them to decorate my Christmas Tree with burgandy colored bulbs....It was beautiful.
Growing H. paniculata
Light/Watering: Most varieties thrive in full sun in the North, but in the South require afternoon shade. Moist soils that do not dry out are best; do not plant in hot, dry, exposed sites. Mulch to conserve moisture and buffer soil temperatures.
Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Fertilize once in spring with a fertilizer designed to encourage blooms (such as 15-30-15). Soils should be moist but well drained, and rich in organic matter.
Pests/Diseases: None serious. Occasionally powdery mildew will infect the foliage, especially in humid areas with poor air circulation. Treat with an appropriate fungicide if the problem is serious, and be sure to rake up and destroy all fallen foliage in the autumn.
Pruning: Little pruning is needed beyond removing any dead wood whenever seen. If desired, plants can be cut back as needed in early spring. Hydrangea paniculata blooms on new wood.
Tree form Hydrangea paniculata: Prune in early spring, removing lower suckers and up to half the older top growth.
Transplanting: Young plants may be transplanted when dormant in early spring. Prune top growth after transplanting to reduce water loss.
End of Season Care: Rake up and destroy any fallen foliage that was infected by powdery mildew or other fungi.
Calendar of Care
Early Spring: If desired, prune as indicated above. Feed plants with a fertilizer high in phosphorus (such as 15-30-15) to encourage blooms. Complete any transplanting before leaves unfurl.
Mid-Spring: Mulch plants after soil has warmed to conserve moisture and buffer soil temperatures. Watch for powdery mildew and treat as needed.
Summer: As soon as blooms fade, remove old flowering stems.
Fall: Remove and destroy any fallen foliage that was infected by powdery mildew.
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