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The Invincibelle Limetta® Smooth Hydrangea, or Hydrangea arborescens, showcases an impressive array of attributes that make it a standout choice for gardeners and landscapers alike. This deciduous shrub falls into the medium height category, typically reaching a height and spread of 3 to 4 feet, creating a balanced and mounded presence in any garden space. The green foliage and blooms add a refreshing and vibrant touch, with the flower colors transitioning from lime green to soft green-white, and eventually to a jade green as the season progresses. The foliage maintains a consistent green shade, contributing to the lush appearance of the plant.
One of the defining characteristics of Invincibelle Limetta® is its robust habit. The shrub maintains a mounded shape, creating a full and lush appearance. It serves a versatile role in landscaping, fitting well as a border plant, container plant, or as a focal point in a garden. The blooms are held up on strong stems, preventing any unwanted drooping and ensuring a showy display throughout its blooming season.
- Prairie and Meadow Gardens: This grass is perfect for creating a naturalistic setting, resembling a wild prairie or meadow. Its fast growth and upright stature make it a dominant feature in such landscapes.
- Thematic Wild Gardens: For gardeners looking to create a theme with wild and natural vegetation, this grass serves as an excellent choice, bringing height, color, and texture to the setting.
- Modern Architectural Design: The grass can be planted in rows or grids to bring a modern, architectural feel to the garden. This structured planting style contrasts well with the grass’s airy plumes and vibrant color.
- Native Plant Landscapes: Being herbaceous and having a rapid growth rate, this grass fits well in native plant landscapes, adding authenticity and vibrancy.
- Xeriscape Compositions: This grass is suitable for xeriscaping, a landscaping method that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation. Its ability to withstand extreme heat and perform well in containers makes it a resilient choice.
- Mass Planting for Visual Impact: When planted en masse, the grass creates a stunning visual effect, forming a sea of green foliage and red flowers that sway in the breeze.
- Border Planting: It can be used as a border plant, defining edges and creating clear demarcation in the garden.
- Container Gardening: This grass can thrive in containers, allowing it to be placed on patios, balconies, or other paved areas, bringing life and color to these spaces.
- Erosion Control: On slopes or areas prone to soil erosion, the grass’s root system helps to stabilize the soil, preventing erosion.
- Firescaping/Fire Wise Planting: In regions susceptible to wildfires, using this grass can be part of a fire-wise landscaping strategy, helping to create defensible space around structures.
- Coastal Exposure: The grass is tolerant of coastal conditions, making it a suitable choice for gardens near the sea.
- Wildlife Garden: By planting this grass, you provide habitat and attract wildlife to your garden, contributing to biodiversity.
- Near Water Gardens or Terraced Patios: The grass’s airy plumes and sway in the breeze create a graceful and calming effect, perfect for areas near water features or terraced patios.
- Companion Planting: This grass pairs well with plants like Bluebird, Raydon’s Favorite, Firework, and Standing Ovation, allowing for diverse and complementary plantings.
- Soil Preparation: Ensure that the soil is well-drained and rich in organic matter. You can improve the soil quality by adding compost or well-rotted manure.
- Location: Choose a location that receives full sun to partial shade. The grass performs best with at least 6 hours of sunlight a day.
- Spacing: Plant the grass 1.5-2 feet apart to allow adequate space for growth.
- Watering After Planting: Water the plant thoroughly after planting to settle the soil around the roots.
- Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to conserve moisture, suppress weeds, and maintain a cool root environment.
- Watering: Once established, the grass requires occasional watering. Increase the frequency during periods of extreme heat or if the plant is situated in a container.
- Fertilizing: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the spring to encourage healthy growth.
- Pruning: Cut back the foliage in late winter or early spring before new growth starts, leaving about 3-4 inches of stubble. This helps to maintain a tidy appearance and promotes vigorous growth.
- Pest and Disease Management: Keep an eye out for any signs of pests or diseases. Treat any issues promptly with appropriate measures.
- Winter Care: In colder regions, the grass may benefit from additional mulch to protect the roots during winter.
- Soil pH: The grass is adaptable to a variety of soil pH levels but performs best in a slightly acidic to neutral pH range.
- Tolerance: This grass variety is known for its tolerance to drought, heat, and poor soil conditions once established.
- Aeration: Occasionally aerate the soil around the plant to ensure good root health and water penetration.
- Plant Type: Grass
- Watering Needs: Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
- Botanical Pronunciation: PAN-ih-kum vir-GA-tum
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Herbaceous
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Average Landscape Size: Fast growing; reaches 3-4’ tall and 1.5-2’ wide, in bloom.
- Special Features:
- Erosion Control
- Firescaping/Fire Wise
- Mass Planting
- Coastal Exposure
- Wildlife Garden
- Dramatic Foliage: Striking Fall Color
- Foliage Color: Green
- Blooms: Summer
- Flower Color: Red
- Flower Attributes: Showy Flowers
- Garden Style: Contemporary, Rustic
- Design Ideas: Great upright grass for prairie and meadow gardens or for small patches within thematic wild gardens. Add a modern architectural twist by planting in rows and grids. Insert into native plant landscapes as well as traditional xeriscape compositions or plant in mass for a drift of almost year-round color. Perfect near water gardens or terraced patios where the breeze causes the airy plumes to sway gracefully.
- Companion Plants: Bluebird, Raydon’s Favorite, Firework, Standing Ovation
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