I love them.
They are the perfect flower. If I could fill my entire garden with just Hydrangeas I would...and I'd stare at it every day.
Calla Lillies, Peonies and Tulips are some of my other favorites, but a Hydrangea is just pefect for decorating. You dont need many of them to fill a vase and make it look substantial, and they hold their shape well.
The challenge though, is that as soon as you cut them, they begin to wilt almost immediately. They are very difficult to work with when cutting them off the plant, but easy to keep in a garden.
Ive recently discovered a few awesome tips for keeping Hydrangeas full when making an arrangement. This first one is from Hydrangeashydrangeas.com and you can read much more about Hydrangeas on their website.
1. When cutting hydrangeas, take water to the garden in a container.
2. Immediately after cutting each bloom, drop the stem in the water.
3. Indoors, boil water and pour it into a cup or any container.
4. Cut the hydrangea stems to the desired length.
5. Stand the stems of the hydrangeas in the hot water for 30 seconds.
6. Immediately put into room temperature water and then arrange.
Another way to keep them bloomed:
1. Cut your hydrangeas and immediately drop the stem into a bucket of water
2. Bring the bucket inside and cut the ends of the stems on a sharp diagonal
3. Take the stems and burn the ends (just a bit) on your stove top burner (this works well if you have a gas stove top)
4. Or use a lighter/match etc.
5. Drop them back into the water
I haven't tried the last tip yet, but if you do please let me know how it worked for you :)