I feel incredibly guilty for admitting this but for the longest time, mainly during my misguided youth, I associated Hydrangeas with old lady's gardens and printed curtains that were always in the bargain bin. And until becoming the owner of my own collection of these generous blooms I would never have regarded these as a spectacular feature in any garden. What a dill!
After the first summer in our house in Daylesford, I discovered the joys of this amazing plant when a pair of hydrangeas almost seemed to explode into flower, with blues, pinks and purples. The intensity of colour and shade is decided by the acidity of the soil, very clever! Summer is the season for Hydrangeas, and as long as they've got a semi-shaded spot and regular water they will lovingly keep blooming for you with their huge lolling heads. They actually remind me of those amazing retro swim caps, all petals and colour. Friends would come to visit and take away armfuls of stems, such a lovely gift to give.
Hydrangeas last really well as cut flowers too, so keep a look out for them at florists and flower markets. So beautiful as table settings especially cut very short so the arrangement is all about that amazing ball of petals. These flowers are so impressive for colour and size, they make the most beautiful wedding bouquets too.
This year I've discovered a hot pink variety from Wombat Hill Nursery, which are now greeting visitors at my front door, what a welcome!
What a good lesson in humility when I realised those little old ladies knew exactly what they were doing, I'm so thankful they were planted in my garden too.
More ideas for Hydrangea plantings, arrangements and weddings can be found on our We Heart Flowers Pinterest board.