Hydrangeas are an interesting flower, they are one of the few flowers that change color based on the pH level of the soil. Once the weather starts to get cooler, most hydrangea will start to “antique”. They will change from their vibrant colors in the spring to darker reds, mauves, ambers and some will include hints of green. The antique hydrangea is usually available as a cut flower in late September or early October.
Just like last weeks post, there are a large number of varieties of hydrangea as well. But there are two well known varieties. The mophead hydrangea, which is the most popular in the cut flower industry, is the large round head and is available wide range of colors, this lends itself to a wide variety of uses in floral designs.
The beautiful purple mophead hydrangea in this design really makes the other colors pop!
Beautiful blue mophead hydrangea
The lace-cap hydrangea are more popular in gardens. Their unique blooms are flatter than the popular mophead, and have inner flowers that are surrounded by beautiful single blooms. They are a great bloom to use in a DIY flower arrangement right from your garden. Cut a few stems of lace cap hydrangea, and accent it with other garden flowers such as roses, iris, tulips, and daffodils. It’s a great way to bring the garden inside.
The lace cap hydrangea adds unique blooms to your garden.
Lace cap hydrangea
Other varieties of hydrangea include oakleaf, and PeeGee hydrangea. These two, like the lace cap, are more popular plants for your garden rather than a fresh cut flower arrangement, but still make great DIY garden designs.
The oakleaf variety is a long dramatic bloom with large white flowers and buds, like the lace cap. It also changes colors as it ages. It goes from a vibrant white to a reddish-pink color in the fall. The blooms get dryer and eventually fall off as the seasons change from fall to winter.
This hydrangea plant is absolutely stunning! You can see why they call this one an “oakleaf”.
A lovely white oakleaf shrub
Until next week…