Hydrangeas, colorful staples for decades of gardens, have enjoyed resurgent popularity in floral arranging and design. You will often find their gathered blossoms filling the spaces between more dramatic flowers, where they provide just the right color and form. But florists also find that these friendly, versatile flowers can anchor a variety of bouquets all on their own. Hydrangeas are sometimes called hortensias.

Mopheads and Lacecaps

Though there are about 75 species of hydrangea, they come in two primary styles. The mophead style is the one that is most familiar to casual observers. The big clusters of flowers growing on the bushes remind some of mops, and others of colorful cheerleader’s pom-poms. Lacecaps, on the other hand, with their circles of both sterile and fertile flowers, have a different, more flat appearance.

Many Colors, but Pink is for Romance

White hydrangeas are well-known and popular, but local florists love that they have many other colors to work with. Various hues of blues, purples, reds help in making this flower popular in many types of arrangements. And, of course, which lovers, and their loved, can resist the sentiment expressed by pink hydrangeas? Send your loved one pink hydrangeas to tell them “You are the beat of my heart.”

A Rare Scent

Hydrangeas are not a very fragrant flower, in general. In fact, some would swear that they have no fragrance at all, which makes them a perfect gift for those who are sensitive to scent. Some varieties may be more fragrant than others, though, so be sure to ask your florist for help if this is an important point.

Hydrangeas are popular additions to wedding bouquets, and some florists even use dried varieties in fall and winter flower arrangements. Take a look at the many unique and inventive ways florists in BloomNation.com’s floral market place use this versatile bloom. You may decide that lovely hydrangeas are a perfect part of your bouqýuet order.