Hydrangea flowers are a favourite in our store through the summer months when they are available in vibrant tones of purple and blue, pastel pinks and lilacs, and classic white. But what we really love is when during autumn, hydrangea flowers take on a life of their own changing colour to reflect the season. During autumn hydrangea can be found in earthy shades of green, burgundy, and rust, as well as deep dusty blues and purples. The stunning flower heads can be easily dried for an everlasting arrangement.
History of Hydrangea
The hydrangea was first cultivated in Japan and ancient fossils dating back to 40-65 million years ago show that the plant has also been growing in North America for quite some time. According to Greek mythology, the name hydrangea is derived from the word hydor which means water and angos which means jar or vessel. Combining the two words, hydrangea can be roughly translated as water barrel and the name was given to the plant because it depends so much on water. Due to their vast history, the meaning of the flower can vary greatly. The Japanese associate the flower with gratitude, understanding and apology; whilst the Victorians referred to hydrangea in a negative light believing they carry the meaning of boastfulness, bragging and vanity.
How to Care for Autumnal Hydrangea
Choose hydrangea with strong petals avoiding any wilting flowers. Hydrangea are usually bare of any leaves so the first step is to cut approximately 2cm off the ends of the stems on an angle and immediately plunge into cool water. Recut the stems, change the water every two to three days.
How to Style Autumnal Hydrangea
Because of their gorgeous rustic colour tone, we love to present autumnal hydrangea in a loose and natural style with other favourites of the season including branches of rosehips and autumn leaves in hues of rust, brown, burnt orange and red. All these varieties are long lasting and even dry well in the vase.