Country Of Origin
The hydrangea originates from Asia and South America. Interesting fact: its chic name, Hydrangea, comes from 'hydro' (water) and 'angeion' (pitcher), because the shape of the hydrangea is reminiscent of an old water pitcher.
Colours and shapes of the hydrangea
Hydrangeas love colour. They come in all shades of red, pink, purple, white, green and blue, but there are also hydrangeas which combine multiple colours. Alongside bright tones, there are also 'colour changed' flowers. These hydrangeas have a green/red/brown colouring and are good for drying. This no-nonsense flower also offers many options in terms of shape. Choose globe-shaped mophead hydrangeas, hydrangeas with small flowers in the middle and large petals on the edge (lacecap), or hydrangeas with a plume shape (panicle).
Care tips for consumers
How to get optimum enjoyment from your hydrangeas.
• Trim a 1-2cm piece off the stem.
• Place the hydrangeas in a clean vase with clean water.
• Ensure the correct room temperature of no more than 20°.
• Don't place your vase of hydrangeas in a draught, in direct sunlight, near a source of heat or beside a fruit bowl.
How to make a hydrangea bouquet
The hydrangea is great to mix with carnations, callas and gladioli; all flowers that are widely available. A bouquet of hydrangeas combined with Celosia cristata, Viburnum and Chasmanthium is also lovely. And how about the weathered wooden trough with the beautiful blue explosion of colour from hydrangeas with gentians and white Eryngium (sea holly)? You can go in so many directions with hydrangeas, so surprise and inspire yourself!
The hydrangea is packed with symbolism. The flower symbolises gratitude, grace and beauty. It also radiates abundance, thanks to the profusion of flowers and its generous round shape.