Limelight Hydrangea Care: A Late Summer Update

In this post:  A limelight hydrangea care update. Hard pruning information & easy tips for growing large limelight hydrangea flowers, plus a limelight hydrangea centerpiece.

limelight hydrangea bushes in landscaping

My gardening career has seen its share of ups and downs. I’ve said many times that I have had more failures than successes, but I keep plugging away. I’ve had several questions about the state of my limelight hydrangea bushes, so I thought I would give you all an update. 

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Limelight Hydrangea Care

Before I get to the update, we need to go back to last summer. By early September, all the stems of my limelight hydrangea bushes were laying on the ground. The blooms were just too heavy and big for the stems to hold them upright. I researched and asked my garden blogger friends, but there was no definitive answer as to how to solve the problem. One of my friends said that it could very well be a glitch in the cultivar, and they will always have blooms that the stems cannot support. I am not an expert, but that comment made the most sense to me. 

limelight hydrangea in bloom

So by late September, I had to make a decision and plan my limelight hydrangea care. I felt I had three choices.

  • I could leave the limelight hydrangea bushes alone and hope for the best.
  • I could lightly prune the blooms.
  • I could hard prune them so new stems would emerge that would hopefully be stronger.

limelight hydrangea flowers

I chose the third option and cut the limelight hydrangea bushes back almost to the root. I had no idea if I was making the right choice, but it made no sense to let the stems lie on the ground all winter and possibly rot. Like many times in my gardening career, I took a chance and was prepared to face the disappointment if I made the wrong choice. 

limelight hydrangea flowers

Thankfully, I can now say that cutting back the limelight hydrangea bushes was the right thing to do. The blooms are still huge and heavy, but the majority of them are standing tall. A few thinner stems around the bottom have fallen over, but that’s understandable…and frankly, I think it’s just something I will have to live with. I do wish the bushes would fill out. I’d rather that they be shorter and full instead of tall and skinny. Maybe next year!

limelight hydrangea bushes in front of house

Growing Limelight Hydrangea Flowers

Getting limelight hydrangea bushes to bloom has never been a problem for me. I fertilize them with Jack’s in the early spring and without fail, by late July, I have massive blooms. For the first time in my life, I have these gorgeous limelight hydrangea flowers and I am so grateful. But they also make me a little sad, because I feel like the bushes are struggling under the weight of the blooms. 

I am definitely hanging in there with these bushes and have no plans to replace them. I like a challenge, and maybe I’ll get this weak stem issue figured out some day. If anyone has advice or words of wisdom, please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you!

Limelight Hydrangea Centerpiece

limelight hydrangea centerpiece in ironstone tureen

I didn’t want to cut all the blooms from the limelight hydrangea bushes, but I couldn’t resist cutting a few. I chose some that were fresh and white, along with a few that were beginning to dry. I used my bargain ironstone tureen and put the arrangement together using this method. The limelight hydrangea flowers were heavy, but with a little adjusting, I was able to get them to settle into the tureen. 

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limelight hydrangea centerpiece with eucalyptus in ironstone tureen

I thought the arrangement needed a little height and had my heart set on eucalyptus…but of course I couldn’t find any that was fresh. I opted for some faux eucalyptus that I got at Hobby Lobby and I think it looks almost real. You’ll be seeing it again in some of my fall decor. 

Shop this Limelight Hydrangea post:

Mailbox | Porch lights | Address plaqueDoor color | Wreath hanger | Door hardware | Door wreath | Basket tray | Ironstone tureen | Botanical prints | Dining room chandelier | Board and Batten

Speaking of fall, this may be my last summer decor post for the year. Don’t get me wrong…I’m not ready for summer to be over just yet. We do need to move forward and plan ahead just a little…but savor these last few weeks of summer!