I love the hydrangeas that bloom here in late summer and early fall! Here’s how to make a really beautiful and simple hydrangea bowl arrangement.
I actually made this hydrangea bowl arrangement a couple of weeks ago and I’m just getting around the sharing it with you now. Currently, our hydrangeas have started to turn that lovely fall blush color and it’s just the nicest way to start the transition into fall. I’d love to plant more of this type of hydrangea, I’m just not sure where to put them! I thought I’d share this idea because you end up with an arrangement that’s just so simple but so elegant and it’s perfect if you have some of these hydrangeas growing in your yard and you want a fun way to display them. You can even do this with dried hydrangeas a little later in the season. Just leave the water out of the bottom of the bowl.
Tools and Supplies Needed for the Hydrangea Bowl Arrangement
- A decorative bowl – something in around the 9-10″ diameter range works pretty well (This bowl is similar-ish to mine)
- Pruning shears
- Floral tape
- A big, overgrown hydrangea shrub in need of a trim
So what are the twine and the pretty scissors for that you see in these pictures? Looks, that’s what. Ha! I thought they would look good in the photos and I was right. 🙂
How to Make a Hydrangea Bowl Arrangement
Start by cutting around six to ten hydrangeas, depending on how big your blooms are. Trim the stems so that they reach down about six inches below the bottom of the bloom, cutting on an angle.
Pour about three inches of water in the bottom of your bowl.
Use your floral tape to make a grid pattern over the top of your bowl. Use about three or four lengths of tape going in each direction to create your grid. Note: Scotch tape can work really well for this in a pinch, as long as your bowl isn’t too delicate and you aren’t worried about leaving behind a bit of adhesive or possibly removing a bit of the finish from the outside of your bowl.
And then you just start plunking in your hydrangeas! It works well if you put your largest bloom right in the middle, then start filling in around it with the smaller ones. Don’t worry too much about being perfect, especially with these late-summer hydrangeas. The looser and more casual you go with it, the more charming your end result will be. If you’d like to add this type of hydrangea to your garden, read this post first to avoid the same mistakes I used to make: How to Plant a Panicle Hydrangea.
Do you have any hydrangeas growing in your garden that would work well for this type of arrangement? Do you have another favourite way to display them?
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.