companion plants for limelight

taradeclan(Z5 IL)September 28, 2005


just planted today 3 new 5 gallon limelights - any suggestions for companion/underplantings?? - they share a long narrow bed along side my house with 3 lilacs (Palibin) - and some Endless Summers..

Also - If I understand correctly - i do nothing except water them this Fall - cut them back by 1/2 - early next spring and fertilize?? Any special fertilizer needed??



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karen_w(5 MI)

Hi, Michelle. I cut my Limelight back by 1/3 and fertilize with 20-20-20 in the spring, but I didn't cut it back at all the first spring. That's for established plants, IMHO.
I have chocolate Joe Pye weed next to my Limelight and I think that's an interesting combo.
I have a picture and am working on figuring out how to post. Karen the technodummy

    Bookmark   September 28, 2005 at 5:36PM
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In my opinion, deep vivid colors (especially deep purple) look best with Limelight. A very dark green foliage backdrop such as a conifer also looks great. Those deep contrasting colors really makes the lime green pop.....yg

    Bookmark   September 29, 2005 at 9:53AM
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I'm not an expert on companion plants. I tend to focus on having the right plants in the right place. I do try to have seasonal blooming times vary in an area though. My maintenance schedule is to prune off any winter dieback in Spring and fertilize(Miracid is best for my area)

Here is a link that might be useful: limelight

    Bookmark   October 1, 2005 at 9:49AM
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hostared(Z5, IL)

Since my limelight gives some shade underneath I place hosta's with great variegation and yellow in color.
Hosta: Stainglass, Daybrake, June, Pauls Glory, Reveolation, Patriot etc.
Because these hosta's can take sunshine and dapple light I think they are a nice combo to bring out the color of limelight.
Using the hosta's will give you great color combo before limelight begins to bloom.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2005 at 12:20PM
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I like my August Moon hosta with the Limelight hydrangeas. It's chartreuse (believe they call it a golden hosta).

    Bookmark   August 21, 2006 at 10:14PM
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What about underplanting Limelight with a row of one of the following:

- Heuchera, 'Palace Purple'
- Pennisetum 'Karley Rose'
- Hakonechloa 'Aureola'
- Fescue 'Elijah Blue'


    Bookmark   August 21, 2006 at 10:26PM
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I have Shiso perillo planted around two of mine - I like the contrast - Carrie

    Bookmark   August 21, 2006 at 10:42PM
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silvergold(z5a WI)

Agree with the above....Heucheras and hostas depending on sunlight. Also, something for texture as I think lilac leaves are similar in size to hydrangeas. That way you have interest even when they are not blooming. Since you have them planted with Lilacs I'm assuming they are getting full sun? I also like going for different shades of green.....lambs ears, fescue, blue spruce...Dark greens too.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2006 at 3:45PM
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A big swathe of Lady Fern around hydrangeas are beautiful.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2006 at 9:40PM
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