The rounded shape and the dense, fine, bright green foliage make Acacia ‘Limelight’ a stand out shrub. It’s striking as a contrast among bold foliage plants, even more so when grown as a container plant. Like a big, bushy head of hair, the shape and the lushness of the foliage make you want to stop and stroke it, which means it’s a fun plant to place in a pot beside decks or outdoor seating areas. In a tall, slim pot it really shows off its cascading habit.
It’s not a fussy plant, tolerating a fair bit of drought once established and able to grow in full sun or light shade in any reasonable soil. The foliage retains its fresh look all year round and it doesn’t need any trimming to keep it compact. In time it will grow to a height of around 0.5 to 1 metre and spread a similar width. This makes it useful in a low maintenance shrub border, for the foliage is so dense that weeds don’t stand a chance.
The fresh green look makes a sharp contrast to dark coloured foliage such as that of Mrytus ‘Black Beauty’, Phormium ‘Black Rage’, and Loropetalum ‘China Lace’ and Loropetalum ‘Burgundy’.
In sunny gardens with light soils Acacia ‘Limelight’ makes a handsome combination with the colourful foliage of succulents, especially blue and blue-green Echeveria elegans, an old favourite, and the new and very bold Echeveria ‘Blue Curl’.
The mounded, cascading habit also makes it superb for growing on banks and sloping gardens, among rocks and near water - but remember it’s not for wet soils, needing good drainage to thrive. Once established it will tolerate quite dry conditions.
Reliable, adaptable and evergreen, there’s nothing quite like Acacia ‘Limelight’ for adding that mounded, grassy, rich green foliage look to the garden.