As summer progresses, you’ll see these buds in colours ranging from crisp white, pale pink, red to even deep blue – opening up further and further in many gardens. The Hydrangea – popularly known as hortensia– is one of the most popular plants in the UK. And rightly so! This versatile and extremely strong plant is a must have for every florist!
The Hydrangea is a beautiful ornamental shrub which is loved, both in the ground, as a pot plant and as a cut flower. As a cut flower it stands beautifully on its own in a cheerful vase, but also in a summer bouquet it always does well. In addition, the hydrangea is easy to dry, so that the customer can enjoy it all year round. The hydrangea is a versatile and trendy eye-catcher in your store!
Fan of blue flowers? Then go for the Verena blue (Hydrangea Macrophylla). Or would you prefer popular purple? Then the Ruby Aubergine is the perfect choice for your bouquet. No matter which colour or type of hydrangea you choose, they are all equally beautiful in a summer bouquet!
The striking thing is that the acidity of the soil affects the colour of the hydrangea. Acidic soil allows the hydrangea to turn blue, and in a more calcareous soil the flower turns pink. For example, the customer can ‘play’ with the colour by adding more lime or gardenturf and aluminum sulphate to the ground. There is always a hydrangea fitting the customer’s request… In short: this hardy plant is a must-have for every florist!
All photos in this article are from the new summer issue of the inspirational magazine 365-Day Flowers. Have you discovered the latest summer trends yet?