Plant of the Week

It's party time for paniculatas!

Other hydrangeas can showboat around in June and July, but August is when many of our Hydrangea paniculatas really shine here in West Michigan. Chief among them is Little Lime Punch®, a very flashy version of Little Lime® with flowers that appear in a party mix of white, green, pink, and that-stain-won't-come-out Hawaiian Punch red.

One tough plant

One tough plant

Like other H. paniculata, Little Lime Punch® will grow in USDA 3-8 and take full sun in colder climates. Some light shade is nice as you move further south. Either way, the flowers appear on new wood and their color is not affected by soil pH.


Football fans and folks who don't like hot weather can't wait for fall to get here. Gardeners are anxious, too. Many of us love fall foliage as much or more than spring flowers. We expect fall color from H. quercifolia, but this H. paniculata may reward you with some colorful foliage, too!