Those marvelous hydrangea wedding centerpieces and other hydrangea flower arrangements (from the welcoming guest posy to the homely basket flower arrangement) look very lovely and easy to do. And they are – but only if you keep a few things in mind.
Whether you are using oak leaf hydrangea or vanilla strawberry hydrangea, the arrangement principles are the same. Here are the top five tips you need to know about making that beautifully dramatic hydrangea flower arrangement that can last for up to a full week:
- If you cut directly from your backyard garden the hydrangeas to use for your flower arrangement, then do this right after the morning dew has evaporated and before the morning heat settles in. Bring a bucket of cold water and immerse the hydrangea stems in the water right after you cut them. Always cut at a 45-degree angle with a scissors or hand pruning shears.
- If you bought the flowers from the florist, then the moment you get home, you must immediately cut a fraction of an inch from the stems under running water.
- Always soak hydrangeas in cool water to prolong their freshness. They can last for up to a week if you keep them in cool water.
- Use arrangement aids to balance the pot or vase which accommodates the strong and bulky hydrangeas. For transparent vases, arrangement aids can be in the form of marbles, beads, and other decorative stones. A floral foam or floral frog is ideal for nontransparent vases. Another tip is to use grids of transparent tape on the opening of the vase; the spaces between the tape grids can be the slots for the hydrangea stems as you arrange them.
- To come up with one of those contemporary low-profile flower arrangement styling that is ideal for small tables, you must line first the inside of a short vase with either flax leaves or any similar-looking greenery. Next, wrap the leaves around in a horizontal direction to simulate a nice textural design. Fill the vase with water; the water must contain floral preservative. Use only three hydrangeas for every vase; anything more will overwhelm the arrangement. Don’t forget to cut the stems short. To keep the vibe fully contemporary in design, don’t include any types of flowers or greenery. If you want variety, then add another hydrangea in a different color. This contemporary arrangement is trendy, quite popular, and is relatively inexpensive.