I love using hydrangeas in cut flower arrangements… from the first pale blooms of spring until fall and beyond.
Hydrangeas in Early Spring
These pale blue hydrangeas were picked for a Mother’s Day brunch. Notice how the white blooms are beginning to turn blue.
For this arrangement, a few springs of budding berries add interest. Consider adding pink or blue carnations and baby’s breath to fit the occasion.
Hydrangeas in Early Summer
The blues get deeper and pretty purples appear. These hydrangeas all came from the same bush! A galvanized vase gives them a summery look.
Hydrangeas in Late Summer
Hydrangea “deadheads” are amazingly colorful as the season progresses. These deadheads are all from the same bush. Notice the variety of colors and textures in the close-up photo. This arrangement has soft blue and green, and crispy beige and brown.
Deadheading hydrangeas is just another way of pruning them. Some people just toss the deadheads on the compost pile. While that is a good thing to do, I really like to display mine. I put them in a variety of containers to enjoy on the patio and in the house.
It is not unusual in late summer and early fall to find a variety of colors and textures on the same bush!
I wanted to use a lot of these mop-head hydrangea blooms, so I chose a large Wedgwood urn as a vase. I had one still-blue blossom. The blue Wedgwood design would help it stand out.
I found some grasses or reeds by the road-side that have turned brown for the end of the season. They added a rustic look of autumn to my arrangement.
Use this arrangement outdoors or indoors to give a feeling of fall to a late summer day.
Frosty mornings and cool nights hasten the turning of the dead heads to deep purple and then brown. Hydrangeas can be easily preserved for dried arrangements with silica gel, flower drying kits or even by dipping them in a mixture of cornmeal and borax.
For a dried brown arrangement, it is best (and easiest) to let them dry on the bush. Notice the tinge of purple around the edges of the blooms. It looks nice for now, and will eventually turn brown. Then the dried, brown blooms can be sprayed with clear Krylon or even hairspray.
An arrangement can be dressed up with floral picks of things like greenery and butterflies. A special container or vase helps as well.
This pretty arrangement will last the rest of the year- until spring returns again with fresh blue, pink or white blossoms