Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' (PBR)

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Buy Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' (PBR) hydrangea: Luscious flowers that change colour

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: August to September
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This cultivar has dense clusters of long-lasting flowers that emerge in mid-summer lime green, fade to cream and finally turn shades of deep pink in autumn. The flowers are held upright on sturdy stems and the flowerheads are quite large, and range between 15-30cms long. They are ideal for using in cut flower displays - both fresh and dried.

  • Garden care: To enhance flowering prune hard in early spring, cutting back the previous season's shoots to within a few buds of the permanent, woody framework of the plant.

  • Humans: Skin allergen; Pets: Harmful if eaten

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I would buy a paniculata again


The paniculata does not look like the archetypal hydrandea. It does not look like a suburban front garden middle of the road hydrangea or the Marks & Spencer type hydrangea sold for £10 in a plastic bucket . Nor is it overblown & blousy like an arborescens hydrangea (Annabelle series). The plant I got when it arrive looked like a few spindly sticks in a pot, to the extent that I thought it might be dead. It was alive & it remains slim in its habit but the Limelight Paniculata is quite charming in flower. The flowers are small pointy & delicate, white for a prolonged time to begin with & then the white turns to pink tinged to marked extent & the flowers continue to persist as the season (summer) draws to a close. It is now 26 August, the Annabelle hydrangeas I have have finished their flowering which is fading, but the paniculata is only at the white stage & yet to turn the delicate pink tinge which follows & lasts in the direction of autumn. Understated, modest, absolutely charming & most importantly doesn't look like a hydrangea.




Quality plants and service


The hydrangea was in top condition and well packaged. It has flourished - even in this far from ideal British summer. Thank you!


West Sussex


Great addition to garden


As described on website






disappointed because it appears dead but this could be the result of the winter weather and the large amount of rain.




Superb plant as usual. Always recommend Crocus.


Given to friend for special birthday present. Has almost doubled in size and so very healthy.

Cornish karen



Beautiful Results


I bought this in the height of summer and had to wait a few weeks to have time to dig a hole in my front garden bed that was covered in a heavy layer of stones. I backfilled the hole with fertiliser and watered every day. Yesterday (Oct 2019) I noticed it had grown at least 200-300mm since planting, in a rather difficult terrain, and the colours are turning beautiful rasperry and deeper lime colours. I love it, Crocus are a quality provider and this result mandates that Crocus whilst not the cheapest, are the best and consistent for quality of supply.




Stunning plant.


Beautiful plant which arrived well packaged and healthy. It has thrived.


South East


Hydrangea paniculata Limelight


I already have more of this in the garden. They are perfect.




Every garden should have one


I'd been looking for this Limelight and Crocus delivered in quality and value. Find the right spot so it can be the star of the garden. I have always found Crocus to deliver healthy quality plants and this one certainly met the high standards.

Little F



Lovely huge flowers


I bought some early in the year that flowered, despite bing small sticks. Ones purchased later grew well but Didn't flower, but are growing well this year.





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Hi, I have a southeast facing balcony, I am wondering can I grow hygegeas in a large pot? If so, can I mix several types of hygegeas together in a large pot, or any other advice for pot growing? thanks


Hello, Hydrangeas tend to do very well in large pots - provided they are kept well fed and watered. As they tend to get quite a good size however, I would not advise you planting more than one per pot.


How far away from a fence and each other should we plant these hydrangeas- they seem to grow very large but I don't want to leave too much space.


Hello, If you are trying to create a hedge, then these could planted a 45 - 60cm intervals ( and a similar distance from the fence).


I want to buy Hydrangea Limelight and H. Strong Annabelle for my garden in Kent which is very chalky soil and alkaline. Could you advise if these plants will tolerate this soil as although it drains well, it's not very moist. to make it humus rich, it does need the constant addition of compost. Many thanks. Oliver Ellis


Hello, These are thirsty plants, so it is very important that you add lots of composted organic matter to the soil to hold the moisture and add nutrients. You can then keep it topped up by mulching the plants in autumn and again in spring. I would have thought though, that if the soils pH is not too high, and you can manage the mulching etc, then they should be fine for your chalky soil.


Hello, should my limelights be growing new leaves now (mid-March)? I've got a few tiny green buds coming out, but I wanted to make sure they're on track. They were planted last July and I want to make sure they are thriving because they are in a prime spot in my front garden. Thank you.


Hello there It is still early, and although a number of plants are starting to show new growth, many plants are not. It is still early for Hydrangeas, so I would give them another 4-6 weeks.

Suggestions for planting low maintenance border please Hello, I recently had my garden extended by a piece of land measuring 34 metres by 14 metres, and my son purchased 23 Phormiums from you in last August on my behalf. I was delighted with the service I received, and the plants appear to be thriving well especially considering the dreadful weather we have suffered this winter. We also bought Rootgrow from you to assist with their development ,and also for use when we moved mature Acers and other shrubs. I still need more shrubs or other types of plants and would appreciate some advice as to what to use. Along one of the 14 metre lengths there is a "hedge" of bamboo plants, and adjacent to these on the return (long) length there is a small rise of earth, tapering down to ground level, with a specimen black bamboo at the end of the mound. There is also a mature acer, which we had to move, situated at the edge of the dividing path (between the lawn) on the field side of the garden. Would it be possible for you to suggest the names of suitable plants which I could purchase from you and which would compliment the existing ones. I am in my eighties and therefore need a very low maintenance garden. I would also like to introduce a little colour if possible. My garden is very exposed and is on quite a windy site. I look forward to your reply.

Marian Burgess

Hello there, There are many plants that might tempt you - here are some of my favourites:- Fatsia japonica http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/fatsia-japonica/classid.3840/ Rodgersia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.rodgersia/cat.plants/ Heuchera http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.heuchera/cat.plants/ Hydrangea paniculata http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.hydrangea-paniculata/ Aucuba japonica http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/aucuba-japonica/classid.277/ Rosa rugosa Alba http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/roses/shrub-rose/hedging/bush-rose/hedging-rose/other-shrub-rose/rosa-rugosa-alba/classid.1148/ Cotoneaster http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.cotoneaster/ Buddleja http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.buddleja/ I hope this helps, Helen Plant Doctor

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Specimen Ceanothus or another large bushy shrub.... Good afternoon, When I was first looking for a Ceanothus to replace the one we have in our front garden, I looked on your website, but you only had small ones. Our once lovely Ceanothus has been pruned out of all recognition again this year, as I planted it a bit too near our boundary when it was a baby. I know it may come back, but it is getting ridiculous as every time it grows back it has to be cut back again severely and then ooks a mess for most of the year. Have you got a nice, tall, bushy Ceanothus to replace it? I love my Ceanothus but perhaps if you don't have a big one, do you have another large, flowering shrub as an alternative? Hope you can help Regards Margaret


Hello Margaret, it is rare to find larger sized Ceanothus as they are usually quite short-lived and don't normally live longer than 6 - 8 years. We do have a selection of larger shrubs on our site like Hamamelis, Hydrangeas, Magnolias, Acer, Cornus, Cotinus, Philadelphus, Syringa and Viburnum, so you may find something of interest. They will be listed in this section. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Moving Hydrangeas Hello there, I have a wonderful Hydrangea 'Tricolor' which has just finished flowering for this year. However it is now getting too big for its space and I would like to move it. I am wondering if this is possible and if so if now is the best time to do this or if it would be better to wait till the spring. Hope you can help as it is a lovely plant and I do not want to lose it but it is definitely beginning to look unhappy in its current place, although the aspect is appropriate. Thanking you in advance for your time with this. Liz


Dear Helen Thank you so much for your prompt and helpful reply to my email about moving my Hydrangea. I will do as you say as I am very keen for it to survive! Thanks again Liz

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Hello Liz, The best time to move established shrubs is in the autumn when the soil is still warm but the plant isn't in full active growth - so now is perfect. Begin by marking a circle around the shrub, as wide as the widest branch. Dig a trench along the line of this circle. Use a fork to loosen the soil around the root ball as you go to reduce its size and weight so that it becomes manageable. When the root ball looks about the right size that you can still move it but there are still a lot of roots intact, begin to under cut the root ball with a sharp spade to sever the biggest woody roots. Roll up the root ball in sacking or plastic to protect the roots from damage and drying out. Move the shrub to a pre determined position. It is important to have the site ready so that you can transplant the shrub at once and it isn't left for hours (or worse!) drying out. Remove the sacking and plant the shrub in the new hole, at the depth at which it was previously planted. Firm well, water well and mulch with a good thick layer of well rotted farmyard manure. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor


Hydrangea not flowering Hi I have a Hydrangea in my garden. For a few years it was in a pot but for some reason, it only ever seem to flower every other year. The autumn before last, I planted it in the border as it was getting too big to leave in a pot. It didn't flower last year so I was expecting it to bloom this year but it hasn't got a single flower. Around the beginning of the year I noticed the slugs had had a go at it as it was looking poorly. However, I sorted that problem and the foliage is looking really healthy but it still hasn't got a single flower. Any ideas about what could have gone wrong, please? Thanks Sylvia

Sylvia Styles

Hello Sylvia, There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower, but the most likely cause of your problems are either a late frost killing off the buds, or it could be pruning at the wrong time of the year. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Rabbit proof shrubs Dear Sirs We are planning to plant a 30mt long border with flowering shrubs and have assorted colours of Rhododendrons in mind. Our main concern is that the shrubs must be rabbit proof as the border is adjacent to woods and a large grassed area. Also, where possible we would like to have 'flowers' on the shrubs throughout the summer. Would you be able to provide a picking list of suitable shrubs? Thank you for your prompt attention Andy

Clark, Andy (buying)

Hello there, These are really troublesome pests, and there are no effective deterrents available (apart from getting a guard dog) which will be any help to you. They tend to prefer leaves and soft stems rather than flowers and woody stems, and they seem to prefer feeding in exposed positions and often nibble plants at the edge of borders. This habit can be used to the gardener's advantage by planting more valuable subjects in the centre of beds. In winter, when food is scarce, deciduous plants at the edge of beds will not interest rabbits, and will help protect winter flowers in the centre. Below is a list of flowering shrubs which they usually tend to leave alone. Buddleia davidii, Ceanothus Cistus Cotoneaster dammeri Deutzia Hebe Hypericum Hydrangea Mahonia aquifolium Potentilla fructicosa Rhododendron spp. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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