When most people talk about hydrangea flower arrangements, they are talking about how to arrange hydrangeas in bouquets or vases. It is rare that you will find people talking about how to arrange hydrangeas while growing hydrangeas. Though it isn't as popular as creating arrangements for centerpieces or brides, arranging your garden hydrangeas so that they grow a certain way can lead to some of the most beautiful and unique flower arrangements.
Around the world, there are several types of gardens. There are vegetables gardens, where everything is neatly grown in rows. There are country gardens, where everything seems to be growing wildly towards the side of a home or fence. There are knot gardens, which feature hedges grown in intricate knot designs. Finally, there are Victorian gardens, which feature geometric patterns that branch out from a garden centerpiece, usually a birdbath or fountain.
Of the various garden designs, the easiest design for arranging hydrangeas while growing them is the Victorian garden. The geometric shapes and clean lines will make it very easy to arrange your differently colored hydrangeas neatly. The second best design would be the country garden, because hydrangeas tend to get bushy and this suits the design philosophy of this garden.
When arranging hydrangeas in a Victorian garden, keep your geometric shapes in mind. The easiest shapes to create are squares and rectangles. You can choose to have a different color for each geometric pattern, or you can choose to have two colors in each pattern.
If you would like to have more than one color in each pattern, control the colors by changing the acidity of the soil. You can even make colors change gradually so that it seems like pink flowers turn slightly purple before becoming blue. For pink flowers, add lime to the soil. Blue flowers, on the other hand, need aluminum sulfate added to their soil. (You will have to add these elements about three times during the growing season for it to take.)
The key to keeping your hydrangea arrangements neat in your Victorian garden is pruning. Remember, hydrangeas only flower at the tips of newly grown stems. Those that have already held flowers can be cut and removed. This will keep the hedges from looking too wild.
Because a country gardens are meant to look wild, growing hydrangeas in this garden is the easiest thing. You just have to plant them! However, you have to make sure that the colors you've chosen go well with the surrounding plants and flowers. A blue plant may look off amidst orange and red flowers, but will go beautifully with pale yellows and whites.
Like Victorian gardens, however, you will have to prune your country garden to make sure plants don't begin strangling each other. Simply cut back the stems that are no longer blooming, and make sure no plant is getting in the way of another's growth!
If you arrange your plants while growing hydrangeas, every time you look out into your garden, you will see a lovely setting, tall healthy hydrangea plants that are blooming beautifully. With a backtrop like that, who needs to learn how to create pretty centerpieces?!