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This is an example of a traditional stone landscaping in New York.

Romantic Tarrytown TerraceTraditional Landscape, New York

Often, less is more. Take this landscape design composed of climbing roses, hydrangeas, and lilies surrounding a bluestone terrace. This small, suburban garden feels both expansive and intimate. Japanese forest grass softens the edge of the terrace and adds just enough of a modern look to make the garden’s owners, urban transplants, happy. “My husband and I were looking for an outdoor space that had a secret-garden feeling,” says homeowner Anne Lillis-Ruth. “We’ve had fun adding furniture, antique planters, and a stone fountain to [landscape designer] Robert Welsch’s beautiful landscape. The white and green plantings provide the perfect backdrop to my collection of colorful table linens, glassware, and china. We love our garden!”
Dean Fisher loved it, too. “The setting is so lovely and relaxed. It evokes the south of France, with its intimate scale and the integration of house and patio through the use of the vines and other plantings.”

This is an example of a traditional stone landscaping in New York. —  Houzz
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awong229 wrote:May 22, 2013
Shera wrote:May 10, 2013
  • Sharon Crisafulli
    Will they bloom in shade?
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    Westover Landscape Design
    Hello sharoncris, they prefer full sun to flower at their best. Good luck with you project! Robert
    More at www.WestoverLD.com
tdemarco723 wrote:Jun 23, 2016
  • tdemarco723
    No fence behind them
  • msept

    Have you ever pruned your Little Limes? Panicle hydrangeas like Little Lime, Limelight, Quick Fire, Pinky Winky, etc. bloom on new wood, which means if you prune them in late winter/early spring, there is no risk of pruning off this summer's flower display. I work at a landscape nursery in SE Michigan and I usually advise clients to leave the dried flower heads on for winter interest, then prune the entire shrub by about a third in early spring. Add a little slow release, organic fertilizer, refresh the mulch if needed and that's it. At the nursery we have mature examples of several different types of panicle hydrangeas growing in the landscape. They are pruned annually, put on a spectacular show each summer, and I've never noticed any flopping.

    Try it this spring and good luck!

judygurley wrote:Mar 27, 2014
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    Westover Landscape Design
    Hi Nan, I recommend enhancing the soil with organic material to help with drainage. Add peat moss and organic compost.

    Hope this helps!
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    Queen Bee of Honey Dos
    Also, limelight prefers some sun. ( at least 6 hrs). I am in zone 7 with clay soil, and I grow little limes in full sun. This holds true for most all of the panicle varieties. It is the others that do better in shadier spots.
ginamoran wrote:May 8, 2012
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    Griffin Interiors
    you are so right - less is more - elegant - beautiful - l don't like it, I LOVE IT!
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    Westover Landscape Design
    Thanks so much for your comment Griffin Interiors...I love them too! More at www.WestoverLD.com Enjoy!
bbyruth2002 wrote:Jul 3, 2011
keena910 wrote:Oct 9, 2015
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    Westover Landscape Design
    Hello Kena910. Thanks for question. These are shrub hydrangeas called Little Lime.

    Hope this helps.

    Robert Welsch
    Westover Landscape Design
  • Iveta Hrochová

    Te fakt nádherné :-)

Koreman Landscape Company wrote:Apr 30, 2012
  • Emily H
    Hydrangeas are my absolute favorites. Lovely here.
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    Westover Landscape Design
    This one is called Limelight and is one of my all time faves!
gagefamily3 wrote:Sep 28, 2015
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    Hello gagefamily3, thanks for your note. The little lime hydrangea will fit, but the afternoon sun may be a problem. They prefer morning light and a high-canopy of shade in the afternoon. The roses we planted are climbing New Dawn roses.

    Good luck with your project!

    Robert Welsch

    Westover Landscape Design, Inc.


Elaine wrote:Jul 7, 2015
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    Hello Elainsey and thanks for your question. You can try a small grass such as "Little Bunny" or "Elijia Blue' both are diminutive and can tuck in nicely below the Limelight.

    Good luck with your project!

    Robert Welsch

    Westover Landscape Design, Inc.


Chantal M wrote:Jul 7, 2015
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    Westover Landscape Design

    Hello Chantal and thanks for your question. The hydrangeas are between 7 and 8 feet apart. Give Limelights plenty of room, or you can use the dwarf variety, Little Lime.

    Good luck with your project!

    Robert Welsch

    Westover Landscape Design, Inc.


jliberty wrote:May 12, 2015
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    Westover Landscape Design

    Hello Jliberty, thanks for the comments and question. Yes this is bluestone on the patio. E-mail me at Robert@westoverld.com with your request for this image.


madelyn585 wrote:Aug 6, 2016

    What Houzz contributors are saying:

    Marianne Lipanovich added this to When Is the Right Time to Prune Your Hydrangeas?Feb 13, 2017

    ‘Limelight’ panicled hydrangeas surround a terrace in Tarrytown, New York.Panicled hydrangeas. Prune panicled hydrangeas (H. paniculata), including ‘Grandiflora’ and ‘Limelight’ hydrangeas, in late winter. You can remove faded flowers at any time.

    Olander Garden Design added this to 8 Sumptuous Shade Garden Plant CombinationsSep 17, 2015

    8. All-white garden. A garden with all-white blooms can be just as satisfying as a garden full of color. In this New York garden, ‘Limelight’ hydrangeas look like icing on a cake. Plant combo:‘Limelight’ hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’, zones 3 to 8)Golden Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’, zones 4 to 9)Light requirement: Full sun to partial shadeWater requirement: Regular water during dry monthsComing up with a planting plan for a shade garden can be challenging but rewarding. What are your favorite plant combinations for shade? We’d love to see your photos in the Comments section.MoreHow to Design a Beautiful Shade GardenSee more planting ideas

    Laura Gaskill added this to Nature’s Color Wisdom: Lessons on White From the Great OutdoorsFeb 3, 2014

    White in the garden. Zero in on any flower, like the fat hydrangeas shown here, and you will find a hint of green, sometimes blue or blush pink or yellow. Any of these color combinations would work well inside the house — just think of using white as a main color and use a fresh, spring-garden shade of another color (green, blue, pink) in small touches.

    Marianne Lipanovich added this to Garden Alert: 22 Plants to Keep Away From PetsJun 7, 2013

    Though hydrangeas are garden showstoppers, symptoms range from oral irritation to gastrointestinal distress to depression for pets who eat them.

    Paintbox Garden added this to 20 Ways to Work White Magic in Your YardJan 10, 2013

    17. Fill a space with shrubs. Use panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’, zones 3 to 8) with frothy Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’) to screen a fence and create a full border with lots of visual interest.

    The Home Editor: City & Small Space Consulting added this to Have a Ball With HydrangeasApr 10, 2012

    A Tarrytown, New York, terrace is planted with Hydrangea paniculata, whose flowers form a cone-shape panicle. While white blooms do not usually change color like pink or blue specimens, they may mature to pink in the fall.

    What Houzzers are commenting on:

    Betty Smith added this to GardenApr 15, 2019

    Love the combo of white hydrangea and white striped grasses

    SHARK TEETH added this to plant combination 2019 HORT 1475Apr 15, 2019

    climbing roses, hydrangeas, and lilies surrounding a bluestone terrace.

    Amliv Land Designs added this to Anne MarieApr 11, 2019

    Japanese grasses with hydrangea

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