It’s no secret that I love hydrangeas! When I started my blog, I knew what my page name was going to be right away! We have planted hydrangeas all over our gardens, and of course they wrap all the way around our porch. I am certainly no expert, but I am going to share a few tips and tricks I have learned over the years that work for me. (for this post, I am talking about Annabelle, Incrediball, and Limelight varieties)
The Annabelle and Incrediball hydrangeas that surround our porch were planted seven years ago. We have never cut them back, except one time. (we were told by a well meaning couple to do this) The next year, they didn’t fill out as nice, and we were disappointed. I’m thinking if you want to keep your shrubs in check, and if you have a smaller space, it would be wise to prune them back. Here, they have lots of room to spread. In the next year or two we will have to prune some of them a bit, or we won’t have a walkway anymore..haha.
They grow on new and old wood..so if you cut them way back, you will have a smaller plant. (remember, no expert here!)
When the blooms are nice and white, and every little flower on them has opened right up, you can snip them for a vase. If you snip them before the flower has completely opened up, they will wilt like crazy, and won’t last long at all. I always take a jar filled with hot tap water with me when cutting. (I totally forget where I learned this trick….I think it was off a decorating show on TV years ago)
I always cut the stems on an angle. These flowers LOVE water, so the more surface area on the stem for water to absorb, the better! I remove all of the leaves, and pop them in the jar right away. When you take them inside to arrange them in a vase, you can cut them again to fit, just remember to use hot water in your vase and angle the stem again.
I love to dry them. They are perfect for decor all year round, in a vase, piled in a basket or bowl. You can also make a wreath with them! Once the flowers turn that beautiful greenish colour, they are easy to dry.
(Limelights will turn a greenish, pinkish colour) The flowers also feel dry to touch, so if they don’t feel dry on the shrub, they won’t dry off the shrub.
I always gather them the same way….cut them on an angle…pop them in a jar of hot water…done! I bring them in the house and leave them right in the jar or vase…. the water evaporates over time…you will be left with dried hydrangeas!!!!
I hope you have found these tips helpful! I will be drying my Limelight hydrangeas in the next month or so, and will share how I make an easy wreath! Thank you for stopping by! And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!