I get a lot of grief from my landscaping friends about selecting Limelight Hydrangea as a foundation plant. And you know what? I get it. I realize that half of the year, there is not much going on in front of the house except a few well pruned boxwood. But for all their downtime, these hydrangeas make up for it with stong visual appeal. Every summer, when the heat is unbearable and it seems that everything around me is wilting, I am graced with 5 foot tall hydrangeas– panicles everywhere in shades of lime and cream. And that’s just act one. By fall, the glorious blooms begin to blush in shades of pink, until their final curtain call is made sporting handsome shades of tan and ecru. Sure, this planting goes a bit against the grain, but maybe that’s why they remain in the limelight.