Hydrangeas are my all time favorite flowering shrub. Their low-maintenance and incredible blooms make them an easy choice for someone who wants big color and presence in their yard. The large variety of shapes and colors give hydrangeas the ability to fit into any landscape. Many garden centers and nurseries carry multiple varieties of this beautiful shrubs, but even if you don’t have access locally, Amazon now offers multiple types of hydrangeas!
So how can you extend the beauty of hydrangeas beyond their growing season? Dry hydrangeas! Drying hydrangeas allows them to continue to be a beautiful decor addition throughout the winter and spring. And while I used be intimidated at the thought of drying my own flowers, I have found that is truly is simple to dry hydrangeas. If you’ve pruned your hydrangeas earlier in the winter then chances are you have big, beautiful blooms just waiting to be dried!
How to Dry Hydrangeas
- To start, choose hydrangea blooms that are full and brightly colored. Drying will cause the color to fade slightly, so the brighter the blooms the better. Once you’ve chosen your blooms, don’t cut them immediately. I like to wait for a few days to a week after their peak, so they’re already drying a bit on the shrub. (You’ll notice my fresh hydrangeas already have a few dried petals.)
- Cut your hydrangea blooms with a good sized stem (8-12 inches). I cut the stems at an angle, but this may not be absolutely necessary.
- Place hydrangeas in a large vase or other tall container, so the stems aren’t resting at the bottom. The blooms should rest easily over the top edge, so they’re aren’t crushed.
- Leave flowers to dry for one to two weeks. You will be able to feel the blooms once they’re ready. They will have a crispy feel, and the colors of the blooms will be slightly muted. The flowers are now ready to use in decor or as a lovely gift. If any of the petals have browned as they’ve dried, you can remove them carefully, but I like to leave them in for a bit of color contrast.
Drying hydrangeas is certainly not difficult, but it does take a bit of wait time. I’ve heard of other methods using upside down hanging or silica gel, but I find that this method is simple. I’m all about simple at this stage of life.
I love to arrange my dried hydrangea blooms in a large glass vase, but I’d love to know if you use hydrangea blooms in your decor! Let me know in the comments below and happy gardening!