Whether you’re trying to create a bouquet or simply displaying flowers in a vase, making an arrangement and pairing flowers is not as easy at it looks.
In any floral bunch, the idea is to maximise the beauty of each flower by pairing it with the right flowers and leaves. So while it can be fun to imagine your bouquet will look great (and it probably does look amazing in your head), it’s important to understand that some blooms are just best paired with certain others.
And this is as true with Hydrangeas as it is with any flower. These beautiful flowers are a great choice in any bouquet, but they do have a strong presence that sometimes makes it hard to find another flower that will stand out next to them.
No need to worry, however, as we’ve prepared this guide here to show you how to best pair your Hydrangeas to keep your bouquet looking amazing.
Hydrangeas are round and full flowers, characterised by their long, thick, and strong stem, and their natural appearance of looking like a mass of small-petalled flowers bunched together.
Hydrangeas are easy to grow and come in a beautiful range of shades. From white, blue, red, pink, and purple, the intensity as well as the shade of the colour of Hydrangeas depends on the soil pH. If the soil has a large amount of iron and aluminium, for example, the flowers will tend to be blue. If, however, the soil presents a higher alkaline pH (above 7.0), the flowers will usually be pink.
Hydrangeas are common and available almost anywhere in the world, making them both easily accessible as well as a classic flower. They’ve seen more popularity in recent years, particularly in wedding flower bouquets. This is because lots of brides have started to do their own bouquets, and hydrangeas are both price and figure friendly.
Because they’re so filling and round, with such massive flower heads, you could make a decent bouquet using only four hydrangeas if you were so inclined. They also come in a wide range of colours, making them suitable for every bouquet colour scheme. Some people even choose to use young white blooms, which actually look light green, and can make any arrangement look beautiful. And if that’s not enough, they’re also hayfever friendly.
Hydrangeas age gracefully and still look lovely even when they dry, which also makes them a great choice for people who love flowers and like to preserve them even after they’ve lost moisture.
Best flowers to pair
When making a bouquet or arrangement there will usually be a focal point accompanied by fillers, mass flowers, and foliage. The focal point is usually round and bright, with distinctive flowers like roses, lilies, or peonies. A filler flower is anything that gives ‘airiness’ to the bouquet, like smaller flowers or small leaves. Mass flowers like hydrangeas are used to bulk up the arrangement around your focal flower.
When looking for flowers to pair with your hydrangeas, you should then keep in mind that it’s best if they are round and small, with a long stem.
Here are some flowers that look good paired with hydrangeas.
Probably the most well known and loved flower out there, roses have become an icon of romanticism over time. But all romance aside, roses are not only beautiful but also sweet-smelling, long-lasting, and come in various colours.
Roses will look great with hydrangeas in any bouquet, as the similarity in colour range can actually create a great effect. If you’re after a monochromatic arrangement, then it’ll be easy to achieve using just hydrangeas and roses. If you’re after a style that will really stand out, red roses paired with white hydrangeas make a bright and attractive arrangement.
Try choosing a long stem variety of roses when pairing with hydrangeas if possible.
Peonies are a great pairing for hydrangeas; they can open into the layers to create a filler larger flower, much like hydrangeas. Both of these flowers serve as fillers in a bouquet, but an arrangement of just hydrangeas and peonies can look really full, textured, and beautiful, while also being extremely convenient for those on a budget.
Peonies come in a variety of pinks, creams, and whites.
Delphiniums have somewhat of a ruffled texture, which is what gives them that ‘wildflower’ look when used in arrangements. They’re also tall with long stems, making them a great pair with hydrangeas
Delphiniums also come in a range of colours, from white, purple, and pink, to blue shades. So if you’re after a blue monochromatic arrangement – say, for a wedding or to congratulate the birth of a baby boy – delphiniums and hydrangeas are your choice.
Ranunculus and hydrangeas make a great team. Ranunculuses are usually large, hardy flowers, and they come in red, oranges, and yellow.
Because of their enclosed, spiralling shape, they are sometimes mistaken as roses. This could be beneficial if you’re looking to create a bouquet with some light pink roses – you can use deep purple ranunculus and hydrangeas to give the bouquet the final touch.
Tulips are a simple yet extremely attractive flower. Although they’re less round than roses, they still look amazing as the focal point in any arrangement. They’re also a lot cheaper than roses, making them a great option if you’re making lots of bouquets and centrepieces, for a wedding for example.
Because of their varied colours and textures, elegance, long stems, and lack of leaves, tulips and hydrangeas make for a great pairing.
Hyacinths are intense, sweet smelling spring flowers that come in a range of intense colours such as blues, purples, pinks, and whites.
Hyacinths and hydrangeas pair well as the hyacinths act as the focal point thanks to their shape and defined petals. Because the hyacinth’s stem isn’t as long, however, pairing them with hydrangeas will look better in short, full bouquets rather than long ones meant for a vase.
Calla lilies are simple, and stand out because of their elegance. They’re most certainly the focal point of any bouquet, and because they don’t take up much space, pairing them with hydrangeas can give a calla lily arrangement the volume it needs. Just make sure that the lily’s stem is always longer than that of the hydrangeas.
Calla lilies come in a wide range of colours, from deep purple to orange, yellow, red, and white.