Hydrangeas are old fashioned flowers often found in our grandmother’s gardens during our childhoods, but becoming more popular today because of their gorgeous colours. In hues of blue, mauve, pink and white with many smaller flowers forming a much larger round ‘mop-head’ they lend themselves to a variety of uses for a wedding.
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Individual flowers can be picked and showered over the bride and groom as you would confetti, or scattered on a walkway in a garden setting. The larger complete blooms would look stylish in large vases enhanced with sparkling silver or glassware.
Imagine a cake enhanced by sugared or real hydrangeas cascading down the tiers. The subtleties of their colours and shapes would produce a delicate effect just perfect for a very feminine feel.
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In bridal bouquets, try the more delicate hydrangeas such as Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’ – a white hydrangea with smaller delicate flowers set in almost a cone shape, with tiny white buds at the end of the spray. These will turn pink with age. ‘Lacecap’ hydrangeas are also delicate with groups of tiny buds ranging in colour from soft green to deep purple surrounded by soft coloured fully opened flowers. Team these with other old fashioned flowers with similar colours such as hellebores.
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One of the most amazing features of hydrangeas is, that if left on the bush into late summer or early autumn, they almost become another flower. From the delicate hues of spring, they transform into dark and moody hues of wine, plums, sage and olive greens flecked with burgundies and mauves spotted with red. Wonderful with tin, pewter and ancient rust or aged copper pots and a colour theme of deep purple reds or olive/sage green. Use the colours of the flowers as your clue as to what will look good together and you will pull a traditional scheme to something quite extraordinary!
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