The Lemon Lime Nandina from the Southern Living Plant Collection provides a zesty twist on the traditional nandina! The Lemon Lime Nandina’s brilliant lime green foliage stays gorgeous and evergreen all year long. Luminous chartreuse green foliage emerges in the spring before maturing to light green in the summer. Consequently, it’s perfect for brightening up spots laden with darker foliage plants.
This shrub features a naturally compact growth habit, and won’t get leggy like traditional nandinas. No pruning required! Therefore, fans of low-maintenance plants should consider letting this reliable beauty into their garden or landscape.
The Lemon Lime works perfectly as a low hedge, ground cover, or an accent, and is at home in an Asian themed garden. Try pairing it with the Purple Diamond Loropetalum for fantastic color contrast.
This variety is known to be notably disease and pest resistant. Additionally, it does not produce berries or spread. This means that they won’t pose a threat to native wildlife from either toxic berries or an invasive nature.
Lemon Lime Nandina Care
Hardy from USDA Zones 6-9.
Plant in Full Sun to Part Shade. Nandinas are notoriously tolerant of a wide range of sun exposures. However, the more shade that your plant receives, the less bright the foliage tends to be.
Well-draining garden soil is essential for preventing root rot. This plant is not particularly picky when it comes to soil pH. However, if the soil is too alkaline, there may be some leaf yellowing.
Water regularly until established in the landscape, traditionally this takes at least 3 months. Afterward, supplemental watering once or twice a week should be sufficient in extended dry periods.
Apply a slow-release, balanced acidic fertilizer every year in early spring to promote growth and the overall health of the plant.
Spacing Recommendations for the Lemon Lime Nandina
For seamless foliage, plant your Lemon Lime Nandinas 2 feet apart. Space them 4 feet apart or more to let their natural shape shine through.