Proven Winners has the perfect name for it: Hydrangea heaven. While hydrangea shrubs are delightful in the garden, big blooms also look stunning – fresh or dried – with the stems cut short and placed in a low vase, jar or pitcher.
There are plenty of faux options available as well. Look, too, for hydrangea images on vases and other decorative items. Hydrangea blue, in particular, is also a popular color on bedding and other textiles.
Close group: Faux hydrangea stems, shown here in a bunch, come in a choice of color variations in shades of plum, ivory, green, gold and rust. They’re about 26 inches high with bendable wire for arranging. Priced $12.50 per stem from Pottery Barn, potterybarn.com.
Provence style: Rustic hydrangea vases, made of handcrafted ceramic in earthy hues, can stand on their own or hold dry floral arrangements. They measure 12 or nearly 16 inches high. Priced $59.95 (small) and $79.95 (large) at select Pier 1 stores, pier1.com.
Sold as set: Pretty hydrangea blooms are painted on natural, iridescent capiz-shell spheres to be grouped in a bowl, basket or vase. They measure 4 inches in diameter. A set of three is regularly priced $19.95 online at pier1.com.
Your pick: Stems of Proven Winners’ Cityline Rio, a big-leaf hydrangea, are arranged in a galvanized bucket for the simplest of summer arrangements – perfect for a picnic table. See provenwinners.com.
Hydrated: Hydrangeas brighten the Tervis tumbler for hot or cold drinks. Priced $22 at kohls.com.