7 Easy Ways to Decorate with Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas have become one of my favorite flowers to use in home decor.  Their fullness makes them perfect for centerpieces and they look beautiful whether they are real, artificial or even dried.  If you are looking for a versatile flower, you might want to decorate with hydrangeas!

To give you some examples, today I’m going to share my 7 easy ways to decorate with hydrangeas.

Seven Easy Ways to Decorate with Hydrangeas


1 – Plant them in Your Flower Garden:

Obviously, this is the easiest way to enjoy hydrangeas all season.  Last summer, we were finally able to plant hydrangeas in our backyard gardens.  Due to all the deer in our area, I never attempted to grow many flowers until we had a fenced in area.  Once our backyard was finished, I asked our landscaper to add several hydrangea plants.  I still need to find out the names of each of the different hydrangea species he planted but I believe these are Limelight hydrangeas in the photo below…

Pink and White Limelight Hydrangeas

Although, I love the way the Limelights look when growing on the bushes, their cone shape makes them harder for me to decorate with for some reason.  I prefer a rounder species of hydrangea for centerpieces and other flower arrangements.

For example, I love the rounder shape of the hydrangeas in the photo below.  No, these aren’t from my yard but I took this photo on a garden tour a few years ago.  Not only are these the perfect shape but I adore the colors!

Pink and Blue Hydrangeas and ways to decorate with them

Beautiful Garden Tour with Ideas for Every Budget

Besides growing hydrangeas in the garden, here are some other ways to decorate with hydrangeas:

2 – Hydranges in Flower Boxes:

If you don’t have an area in your yard to plant hydrangeas, why not try planting some in flower boxes? 

These beauties were the first thing that caught my eye on a shopping day in Martha’s Vineyard years ago.  Not only is this a wonderful way to display hydrangeas but what a brilliant idea to coordinate the colors to match the Vineyard Vines logo!

Hydrangeas in window boxes in front of the Vineyard Vines Store

Girls’ Weekend in Beautiful Martha’s Vineyard

How gorgeous are these flowers?  White hydrangeas in the middle surrounded by blue and pink hydrangeas…just perfect.

Colorful hydranges in window boxes

In fact, I loved this look so much, it inspired me to create my own version of a flower box filled with hydrangeas!

3 – Decorate with Hydrangeas on a Table Top Vignette:

Last year, I bought a blooming hydrangea plant at the grocery store and decided to use it in a spring vignette…

Pink Hydrangeas in foyer for spring

Decorating with Pink Hydrangeas in the Spring

I simply set the full plant inside my favorite galvanized container and decorated around it with some Easter decor.  Feel free to pop over to that blog post for all the details and sources.  In addition, check out how I used the container for my early fall decorating.

Since I’m loving these galvanized metal containers these days, I also used one to create a tabletop vignette for my outdoor seating area…

Hydrangeas in galvanized bucket on round tray - ideas for decorating with flowers

Decorating Ideas from Summer to Fall

All of our hydrangea bushes had bloomed by the time I took this photo so I used some of my very own hydrangea flowers for the vignette.

But when you don’t have any real hydrangea flowers on hand, you can always create a pretty vignette using artificial hydrangeas…

Afternoon tea decorated with hydrangeas - ideas for using hydrangeas in decor

Afternoon Tea in the Spring

4 – Create a Hydrangea Centerpiece for your Dining Table:

One of my favorite ways to decorate with hydrangeas is to arrange them in a centerpiece!

White hydrangea centerpiece in galvanized container

Celebrating Spring – A Simple Tablescape with Flowers

Recently, I created a garden themed spring table inspired by some embroidered flower napkins.  For the centerpiece I used white hydrangeas mixed with some colored flowers to coordinate with the napkins.  This table setting ended up being one of my favorites so far!

As you can see, I’ve mixed white hydrangeas with other flowers before…

Silver bowl with hydrangeas - ideas for decorating

Vintage Decorating with Flowers

This was such an easy table centerpiece to create and I was able to make the flowers stay in place with one simple trick.

5 – Use One Hydrangea Flower for Each Table Place Setting:

Simply placing one hydrangea flower on each place setting is a super easy way to decorate with hydrangeas…

Blue and White placesetting with hydrangea

Summer Entertaining

Since I was decorating my outdoor table, all I had to do was walk over to my hydrangea bushes, snip a few flowers and voila!  Of course, it’s best to do this right before your guests arrive so the flowers don’t wilt.  Once dinner begins, just fill a vase with water and drop in all the flowers to keep them fresh.

6 – Decorate Your Fireplace Mantel with Hydrangeas:

In the spring and summer, freshen up your mantel with flowers…

Fireplace Mantel decorated with blue and white porcelain and hydrangeas

2 Easy Ways to Decorate Your Mantel for Spring

In my opinion, you can never go wrong with white hydrangeas arranged in blue and white porcelain.  If you want to keep the look all spring and summer, just go with artificial flowers like I did.

7 – Decorate with White Hydrangeas for the Patriotic Holidays:

When decorating with red, white and blue, throw in some white hydrangeas for some interest.

Faux hydrangeas and patriotic decor ideas

The white hydrangeas make a perfect background if you are going to add some American flags.  Speaking of American…While playing around with old baseballs, I came up with the idea for this patriotic tablescape.

And when you have a navy dining room, white hydrangeas really stand out…

Patriotic Bar Cart with flowers and flags

Patriotic Decor in the Dining Room

Once again, you can’t go wrong adding white hydrangeas to your blue porcelain!

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  1. cynthiahattersley
    June 16, 2020 / 3:26 pm

    I love hydrangeas! Mine are just beginning to bloom. Thanks for the great tips Shelley!

    • calypsointhecountry
      June 16, 2020 / 4:03 pm

      Thanks Cindy! Some of mine are starting to bloom now too…hooray!

  2. June 16, 2020 / 3:37 pm

    I planted a few hydrangeas in our yard because I just LOVE them!… but while they grow nice and lush and green each year they have never bloomed again.

    • calypsointhecountry
      June 16, 2020 / 4:05 pm

      I wonder why?…I don’t exactly have a green thumb so I don’t have any advice for you. Maybe they’ll come back at some point!

  3. June 16, 2020 / 3:54 pm

    I love hydrangeas too and I’m looking forward to them blooming.

    I them dried too, they’re so delicate when dried.


    • calypsointhecountry
      June 16, 2020 / 4:06 pm

      I haven’t tried drying my own yet…maybe this fall. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. June 17, 2020 / 7:18 am

    Beautiful tips!
    My hydrangeas are getting little tiny blooms! They always make me happy when they bloom later in the summer.

    • calypsointhecountry
      June 17, 2020 / 8:29 am

      Thanks Nancy! Mine are just starting to bloom as well.

  5. June 21, 2020 / 11:42 am

    Love your hydrangea vignettes! Mine are not looking so happy this year, so I’ll just keep buying them at the market!

    • calypsointhecountry
      June 21, 2020 / 3:27 pm

      Thanks Michelle! My hydrangeas are just starting to bloom now…I hope yours perk up!

  6. June 21, 2020 / 8:54 pm

    Beautiful! I have never been a hydrangeas kind of person, but this year, for some reason, I am! And as we continue to work on the plans to build our new house, plenty of hydrangeas are in the future! 🙂

    • calypsointhecountry
      June 23, 2020 / 9:12 am

      Thank you, Angie! And good luck on your house build!

  7. June 22, 2020 / 9:51 am

    Shelley, these gorgeous flowers are a favorite. Lovely post with different options for displaying these beauties. Have a great week.

    • calypsointhecountry
      June 23, 2020 / 9:14 am

      Thanks so much, Linda! I am looking forward to this year’s hydrangeas blooming so I can use even more in my decor!

  8. rahrags
    June 23, 2020 / 5:03 pm

    Beautiful post. Look for your feature on Wednesday’s Charming Homes & Gardens Link Party

    • calypsointhecountry
      June 23, 2020 / 9:51 pm

      Thank you so much! Yes, I will link up!

  9. June 23, 2020 / 6:27 pm

    Hydrangeas and Peonies are my all time favorite flowers because they are so big and fluffy! I have some limelight hydrangeas and they seem to grow better for me than my regular hydrangeas. I think I need to move them to a better spot. Please come and link up to my Linky Party- Centerpiece Wednesday on my blog and share your post with us. The party starts at 7pm tonight! 🙂 Hope to see you over there. https://karinskottage.com/2020/06/centerpiece-wednesday-linky-party-2.html

    • calypsointhecountry
      June 23, 2020 / 9:55 pm

      Thanks Karin! I am just learning with the hydrangeas so I hope I can keep them alive! Thanks for the heads up on the party…looking forward to it!

  10. June 24, 2020 / 3:03 pm

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

    • calypsointhecountry
      June 24, 2020 / 4:59 pm

      Thanks Marilyn! Have a great week!

  11. June 26, 2020 / 12:52 am

    They are so beautiful and one of my favorites as well. I love how you give so many ideas on how to use them. I’ll be featuring your post on the Happiness is Homemade Link Party on Sunday.

    • calypsointhecountry
      June 26, 2020 / 8:26 am

      Thanks so much, Cynthia! They really are a fun flower to decorate with. Thanks again for the feature!

  12. June 28, 2020 / 12:46 pm

    I just picked up some hydrangeas this morning at Trader Joes, great tips on how to display them! I’m going to try my hand at a 4th of July centerpiece.

    • calypsointhecountry
      June 28, 2020 / 1:45 pm

      Sounds great – I am still waiting for mine to fully bloom!

  13. July 7, 2020 / 6:19 pm

    My grandmother lived in wonnock just about of Vancouver, and had the largest hydrangea plant I ever saw. They are such lovely flowers. Beautiful ideas for using them.

    • calypsointhecountry
      July 7, 2020 / 6:23 pm

      Wow, I’m sure it was beautiful! Thanks for stopping by!

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