Being a wedding floral designer, one of my all time favourites would have to be a classic and elegant, hydrangea bouquet. For me, applying this bloom in wedding flower arrangements is like a little piece of heaven. Hydrangea season is such an amazing time of year—it just makes me happy!
There are a few variations, including lace hydrangea and the smaller version called snowball, equally beautiful in their own ways. I think one of the things I love most about hydrangea is the size of the bloom, they are big fluffy balls of gorgeousness. They are so versatile for floral designs, filling up large scale pieces and making everything look lush and bountiful. When they aren’t available it hurts because there really is no substitute in my option. It is a unique and wonderful bloom. Let’s take a look at the amazing colours and applications for this heart-stopping, heavenly flower.
Classic White Hydrangea
Just divine. Vases of these en masse at any wedding or event just equals simple, effortless chic. Pair with clear glass vessels, blue printed ceramics or grey concrete urns for a classic french-provincial style.
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As I mentioned, they are perfect for large scale designs as their blooms are also large and therefore balance well with the design. Here they have been used by Reynolds and paired with large delphinums, roses, peonies, tulips and lisianthus to create a beautiful, timeless, white and green feature arrangement. Perfect to use at a wedding ceremony.
Pretty Pink Hydrangea
Making many a bride’s heart flutter, there are an amazing range of pink tones available. From the lightest pale-pastel pinks, to hot vibrant pinks and everything in between: like this baby mid-pink. Hydrangeas also have a lovely, large, dark green leaf on the stem that can often be used to accent blooms. Bows and Arrows have used baby-pink, single hydrangea stems very effectively by tying them with ribbon to each of the aisle chairs.
Another tone of baby-pink hydrangea has been used here by Hana Floral Design to create a base onto which all the escort cards have been displayed. A great idea for your wedding or event.
Here hydrangea has been used in another large-scale design, a feature floral garland. This floral design is more of a free-flowing, garden style with the inclusion of blue gum foliage or a rustic timber frame. Roses work well in this design, but many more stems of roses would have been needed to fill up this design had hydrangea not been used.
Blissful Blue Hydrangea
Then there is blue… So unique because of its colour. Not many flowers are available in blue so that makes this all the more special.
Again, as with any hue of hydrangea, the scale in colour is unbelieveable. One of my favourites is the muted deep blues and greens. They look vintage and old-worldly in appearance. Perfect with vintage vessels, cut glass, lace, linens and all things romantic.
Gorgeous Green Hydrangea
Green is one of my favourite colours, so naturally I love these, which includes pale light greens, vibrant lime greens and muted deeper greens. There is also snowball hydrangea which is only available in white and green. The blooms of the snowball are about a third of the standard size. Snowball also has a smaller, light green and thin leaf to its foliage. Doesn’t it just look divine here grouped on it’s own in a simple glass vase?
Green on green on green. Paired with green cymbidium orchids, green roses and green button chrysanthemums, it just looks so pleasing to the eye and all the different flower varieties give great texture and interest.
Purple Perfection Hydrangea
Finally there purple. It can be found in vibrant hues paired beautifully here with other vibrant purple flowers by Cool, Green & Shady.
And again on the other end of the scale, pastel lavender or lilac hydrangea can be found. Equally as beautiful but very different, suited to be paired with other pastel shades, like pale pink and white.
Hydrangeas have a thick woody stem and they don’t mind when their stems are roughly broken or even bashed on the ends with a mallet or end of a pair of snips because doing this allows them to drink more water. They are a summer flower but they are thirsty!
Make sure vases are always filled to the top with water, and they do love a spray of water over all over on the florets as they also hydrate this way. With so many gorgeous shades available, what is your favourite colour? My favourite changes every time I go shopping at the flower markets or order flowers online!