Using Hydrangeas In Flower Arrangements

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

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These hydrangea blooms all came from the same bush 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!


Late summer hydrangea arrangement great for outdoor entertaining.

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.

And Beyond…

dried hydrangeaFrosty 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

6 Replies to “Using Hydrangeas In Flower Arrangements”

  1. Lovely post! When I was little my aunt had a huge bush that was white. She caelld it a snowball bush which is what we caelld it, too, of course! I’m sure now it was a hydrangea. Ritchey planted three high geraniums’ this year I think one is white, one lavender and one a pale pink. I guess we’ll have to wait till they bloom to know for sure!

    1. I had a beautiful bush (very small) last year and Ward put it in a bush cover(for proticteon) from winter and took the cover off to early and the frost killed it, as I guess it was so tender. But , I have never had a green thumb like my mother and your mother and our aunts. However, this little old lovely black woman from Hampton overheard me (in Walmart) say I loved gardenias and shegave me a small bush and I have to tell you it had 1 bloom this year. and smelled so lovely I am very proud of my gardenia.Your high geranium is lovely -and you must have your moms’ touch!!!!!!! love u .jj

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