In our new Flower of the Week series, we'll bring you all things flower, from the cost to the season to the little details you need to ask your florist. This is your go-to guide for blooms, ranging from ranunculus to roses. So take a minute to stop and smell (and read!) every "flower Friday."
Known classically as the flower that adorns Nantucket lawns, hydrangeas are fluffy, ball-shaped flowers that actually come in many more colors and varietals than you could even begin to imagine. (Fun fact: The greatest species diversity for hydrangeas is in eastern Asia!) Although they are most ubiquitously seen in wedding bouquets and centerpieces in classic blues and whites, hydrangeas can come in some very unexpected, interestingly variegated colors. And they aren’t all ball shaped! Lacecap varieties, for instance, have tiny buds with a few very large and showy flowers, while panicle hydrangeas form a conelike shape as they grow out. Climbing hydrangeas are more of a vine than a shrub and have a floaty, almost fuzzy appearance.
This depends on what region they're planted in, but usually they start blooming mid-spring and continue through the summer, some blooming into fall.
They're usually thought of as a traditional or somewhat preppy flower, but recently we have seen a trend toward more unique varieties and colors being used in more modern ways.
Many varying shades of pinks, reds, white, greens, purples, and of course blues—and some types of hydrangeas are multicolored!
$-$$ Usually known for being a good budget flower, the generally low price point (unless you’re getting them imported from Asia) makes them great filler flowers if you don’t have a ton of cash to spend on florals.
If properly cut and cared for, healthy bouquets of hydrangeas can last in a vase up to two weeks. However, brides who are getting married outside in the heat of spring or late spring: Be wary of using them as wedding flowers; even if they’re water picked, we’ve seen them wilt in under an hour if they’re in the wrong conditions. Interestingly enough, just from our own observations and experience, it seems that some varietals are hardier than others; those that look antiqued (meaning their color usually looks a little “dustier” and more variegated than your typical white or plain blue types) seem to hold up a little bit better.
See more: Flower of the Week: Bougainvillea
It works well with
This depends on the type of hydrangea that you’re working with, but typically blue, white, or green solid-colored hydrangeas work well with smaller flowers that won’t overpower their showy, large blooms. For varieties that have vintage coloration or smaller, less bushy blooms, they can be mixed with any number of large and small flowers for a more boho look.