Floral Fantasy: Hydrangea

Who doesn’t love hydrangeas? When I was working in floral design, it seemed to be the one flower that customers and designers always wanted to include in arrangements. And with good reason, it is classic and elegant. I was staying with a dear friend for a few days and we decided to make a couple of flower arrangements.  I was surprised at how much I missed flexing my ‘design’ fingers.  After the coffee table arrangement was completed, her amazing garden was raided, and the Limelight hydrangea was just asking to be used.


After lining the crystal vase with blue hosta leaves, three chartreuse ‘Sum and Substance’ hosta leaves anchored the base, before it was filled with the Limelight hydrangeas.  A few fronds of ‘Ghost’ fern added more texture near the bottom.

I have always loved large arrangments in a front hall or a dining room sideboard, not only do I think they look dramatic, they are one of my favourite to design.

What do you think?


15 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    paulinemulligan said,

    Yes, I usually have a large arrangment of Hydrangeas all summer on the hearth, in front of the wood burning stove in the sitting room.

  2. 3

    That is stunning. Thanks for the tip about the hosta leaves in the base of the crystal vase – hides the unsightly stems nicely. Your friend must be thrilled.

  3. 5

    Carolyn said,

    Beautiful! Any secrets to keeping the hiding spiders from appearing with the fresh flowers?

  4. 7

    Fanny K said,

    Love, love, love the arrangement!

  5. 9

    Carol Ann Kululsky said,


  6. 11

    hydrangeas I admire from afar, they wouldn’t survive my garden. Your design muse must have a whole row of ideas lined up for you, waiting in the wings.

  7. 13

    Marguerite said,

    I could learn an awful lot from your design fingers, this is a beautiful arrangement yet very simple. The vase is fantastic, just the right weight to balance out those heavy flowers.

  8. 15

    […] have already showed you the hydrangea arrangement we made for her front hall, and we had some extra Limelights left and more hostas, so we lined this […]

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