Of all the seasonal flowers, the summer hydrangea may be one of the least appreciated. Not because its beautiful colors and lush, generous flowers are not recognized – but because they have largely been relegated to playing a supporting role in many floral arrangements. Still, this popular summer flower, which blooms between late spring and early fall, is deserving of our attention and our July spotlight! This month, how about bringing home a huge bouquet of hydrangea? Their ethereal ambiance and refreshing palettes make them the perfect choice for mid-summer floral arrangements.
Hydrangeas come in approximately 75 varieties, and the great majority of them exhibit shades of blue, purple, or pink. In fact, the hydrangea is one of the few flowers that grows naturally in true-blue hues. (An additional blue flower is the delphinium, which is July’s birth flower.)
Whether a hydrangea flower is blue or pink is actually a function of the soil’s pH level. A low pH will result in acidic soil, which will produce a blue flower. Conversely, a high pH, indicating alkaline soil, will cause the hydrangea bush to produce pink flowers. Thus the color of the hydrangea can actually be manipulated.
Fun Fact: If a hydrangea bush is growing in a pH neutral soil, a single plant can produce many different colors of bloom.
Looks Good Enough to Eat: The hydrangea may look appetizing to pets, but it is moderately toxic and will cause illness – so make sure to keep these beautiful flowers up and out of reach.
Hydrangea are popular in bridal bouquets, birthday arrangements, and even for use in sympathy floral displays – and are one of the most prolific flowers in the shop. If you are looking for the perfect accompaniment for roses or lilies, the soft palette of the hydrangea will serve you well. And if you need a soft, romantic flower for a refreshing and airy standalone summer bouquet, hydrangea is an excellent choice as well. In other words, you can’t go wrong with the beautiful summer hydrangea – stop by Ron & Alicia Robinson Florist to see it first-hand, or call us today. Throughout Glendora, Rowland Heights, & Whittier, we provide the area’s most exquisite florals.