Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionMuch like its beloved counterpart 'Limelight,' Limelight Prime® panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata) has everything you loved about the original, but it's new and improved. Unfamiliar with Limelight? Limelight is best known for its beautiful large lime green blooms that turn pink as the temperature cools. With Limelight Prime®, you will see the same large lime-colored flowers as before but now with brighter pinks and richer red hues as the season changes. Limelight Prime® has also been developed to have heartier stems to prevent drooping flowers, has darker leaves, and grows more upright than 'Limelight', resulting in a plant that will surely elevate any garden.
Growing up to 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide, Limelight Prime is smaller and more compact, making it easier to fit into home landscapes. With its more compact size, Limelight Prime can also do well in containers, giving you more versatility when planting. Limelight Prime looks great on its own or grouped for a larger hedge-like display.
You'll be able to enjoy flowers for multiple seasons as Limelight Prime blooms earlier, allowing for many months of color. Its large blooms are both beautiful on the plant and as cut flowers, enhancing your home inside and out! If you love 'Limelight', you'll enjoy Limelight Prime® and all the additional benefits it has to offer.DetailsBotanical name:Hydrangea paniculata 'SMNHPPH' Patent #: USPP 32,511 Common name: Panicle hydrangea, Hardy hydrangea, Pee gee hydrangea Zone: 3 - 8 Sun exposure: Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours) Height x width: 4-6' x 4-5' Flower color: Green turning to pink to red Foliage color: Green Bloom season: Summer thru fall Bloom time: Summer Features: Proven winners, fall color, cold tolerant, best sellers Uses: Background, foundation planting, hedge, massing, ornamental, specimen, cut flower How To GrowSoil: Average, well-drained soils. A 2-3" layer of shredded bark mulch is highly recommended. Light: Most varieties tolerate full sun in the North, but benefit from afternoon shade. Tolerates full sun only if grown with consistent moisture. In the South, plants require afternoon shade. Water: Water to keep soil moist, but not wet. Panicle hydrangeas suffer dramatically in poorly drained or wet areas. Spacing: 4-5 ft. Fertilizing: Little required. Apply a granular rose fertilizer in early spring if desired. Winterizing: Panicle hydrangeas are very cold tolerant and need little more than a 2-3" layer of mulch to conserve moisture and prevent cold damage to the roots. Maintenance & pruning: Blooms on new wood, which means that the plant creates its flower buds only once it has started leafing out in spring. This means it can be pruned in spring and still flower. We recommend cutting back by one-third its total length in early spring.
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