Hydrangea

If you have been invited to a wedding in the past couple of years, chances are you have seen the hydrangea flower in either the wedding centerpieces or even in bridal bouquets. If you are big on the meaning of flowers, hydrangea means love and admiration, making it a sought after flower by brides to-be.

Hydrangea was first cultivated in Japan, but they have recently found fossilized hydrangea in North America dating back millions of years. Hydrangea was not seen in Europe until the 18th century when a colonist brought the North American hydrangea plant over to England.

Today, hydrangea mainly grows in the Americas. Big hydrangea heads are many smaller blooms clustered together. The little star-shaped flowers grow along wooden stems and create a big, pompom shape, making them very versatile and very easy to use in arrangements.

The most common color of hydrangea is white, but they also come in a variety of colors; such as blue, red, pink, or purple. In hydrangea varieties, the exact color often depends upon the acidity or alkalinity of the soil. Acidic soils produce blue flowers, neutral soils produce pale cream petals, and alkaline soils result in pink or purple. They can also change color, or be bi-colored. All depending on how acidity is added or removed from the soil. Hydrangea is available all year round, making it great for any occasion you would like to celebrate!

Some brides often worry that if they choose hydrangea for their wedding flowers it will wilt easily.  If your florist sources the hydrangea from top quality sources and hydrates each bloom properly, you will have nothing to worry about.  They are a beautiful flower that will compliment any wedding arrangement.

Take a look at a past wedding we created which included hydrangea in the wedding bouquets and wedding centerpieces.

Industrial Chic Wedding

The trend of mix metals, and Edison lights have helped shaped this new wedding trend of an industrial wedding.  More and more brides are looking for a blank canvas in order to create their own super modern vision. They seek out old industrial warehouses or more modern venues with more raw qualities. The result? An ultra-chic, modern wedding.  It’s all about bringing the outdoor feeling of the city, indoors.

Choosing your venue – To achieve the industrial look, you must first start with your venue.  Hosting your wedding at a warehouse venue, or even an ultra-modern one, with exposed metal or brick would be an ideal place to tie the knot if this is the look you want to achieve. Some off season farm warehouses will rent out a space for you to use for your reception. Be sure to consider the time of year and weather. If you don’t have a venue such as these around, you can always bring in some outdoor elements, to change the feel of the room.

Wedding Décor – You can achieve an industrial look by thinking outside of the box.  When you think centerpiece, your first thought would be some pretty flowers in a vase but to achieve the industrial chic look consider this…place two cinderblocks on your table, with one its side and place votive candles in the open gaps, with moss around them. Then take little groupings of flowers and scatter them on top and in between the blocks. This will definitely be a great conversation piece among your guests and offer that chic look. You can even add bits of mixed metals, copper piping, and geometric shapes to add different textures.  Something that is very popular is a DIY copper piping candelabra, which is a little more simple and classic but still adds that industrial look, you can find the inspiration on Pinterest.

Extra lighting – Instead of using traditional or existing lighting you can use Edison lights which have grown in popularity lately. They act as industrial décor as well as soft warm lighting for your reception. A great idea for your ceremony is to make a backdrop full of Edison lights and stand in front of it while saying your vows.  It will silhouette you in a brilliance of light.

The most important thing in creating your ideal industrial chic wedding is to include the key elements of mixed metals, soft open lighting, and exposed concrete or brick. This can be a daunting task but there are tons of resources for you to use to help you plan. The industrial modern look is becoming more and more popular with the younger generation, who want to keep some things traditional but with an outdoor modern flare.

This venue is AMAZING. Perfect for that chic modern wedding.

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Fill these with soft pinks and white for a simple and breathtaking centerpiece.

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How cool is this? Rustic and chic at the same time!

New Year’s Eve Wedding Bash!

Ali Goodman & Joe Correale New Years Eve Wedding

Venue – The Hyatt Morristown 

Photography –  David E Starke Photography

What a celebration! This vintage glam event in Morristown, NJ was a classic. In proper New Year’s fashion we used white, black, silver and gold. To create the designs we used hundreds of white roses, hydrangeas and Hawaiian orchids. Lots of candles illuminated the room and shimmered the gold glittered runners. This wedding was full of special details including the gold alarm clocks set for 12:00! Metallic balloons and streamers over the dance floor transformed the room. As the ball dropped the ceiling rained confetti! What a way to ring in your new beginning. 

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Rachael and Jason – The Downtown Club, Philadelphia

Rachael and Jason

April 2015 – The Downtown Club Philadelphia

Photographer: Olya Vysotskaya Photography

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Event colors: Black Tie with Lavender, blush and Ivory

Flowers Used: Hydrangea, tea roses, blush and lavender roses and stock

Style: Classic Pretty

Rustic Glitz Wedding – Maggie & Dane

Maggie and Dane hosted a great wedding in Chestnut Hill at The Cricket Club Philadelphia. The vibe was laid back but elegant and their event style was Rustic with a splash of Glitz.  The flowers chosen were simple and classic whites using hydrangeas, garden tea roses, queen anne’s lace, accent foliage and a few gray succulents to add interest.
 We incorporated a lot of special details into this wedding to decorate the cricket clubs four rooms and fireplaces. We used tree slices, wooden table numbers, and lots of candles and a touch of glam with the glitzy gold sequin runners.
We created custom chalk signs for the event. Starting in the main entrance we had a hand scripted seating chart and a welcome sign with their initials. In the cocktail space we had a sign directing people to the Photo Booth with our prop signs and also Instragram sign with their custom hash tag.
We are so happy to have been a part of such a wonderful wedding!!
Congratulations Maggie & Dane!
Thank you to Ralph Deal for sharing these beautiful photographs with us! www.ralphdeal.com
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Congratulations Erin & Daniel!!

Best wishes, Erin and Daniel, for a wonderful life together!  It was a pleasure working with you!

Ceremony Location: Incarnation Church – Mantua, New Jersey

Reception Location – Hotel Monaco – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Photographer – JPG Photography

Take a look at some of the photos we captured during the wedding setup…This place is GORGEOUS!  Erin and Daniel picked some really great centerpieces to tie everything together for their special day!

 

At the Incarnation Church, we draped sheer fabric down the aisle.  The ends of the pews were accented with tall cylinder vases with pillar candles and petals.

At the Incarnation Church, we draped sheer fabric down the aisle. The ends of the pews were accented with tall cylinder vases with pillar candles and petals.

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Blush and white blooms were scattered down the cake.

Blush and white blooms were scattered down the cake.

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This centerpiece was created in a low mercury bowl - filled with blush and white blooms with cool gray foliage to accent.

This centerpiece was created in a low mercury bowl – filled with blush and white blooms with cool gray foliage to accent.

Half of the centerpieces included silver lanterns and small mercury vases with loose blooms in blush pink and white.  Erin loves dahlias, hydrangea and other seasonal blooms.

Half of the centerpieces included silver lanterns and small mercury vases with loose blooms in blush pink and white. Erin loves dahlias, hydrangea and other seasonal blooms.

The Altar steps were decorated with silver lanterns that were filled with petals and pillar candles.

The Altar steps were decorated with silver lanterns that were filled with petals and pillar candles.

Nicole and Stephen – June 2013

Congratulations to Nicole and Stephen!

You two had such beautiful weather on your wedding day!

Venue: Congress Hall – Cape May, NJ

Photographer: Artwork Photography

Wedding Planner: Michelle Scanzano – All Things Beautiful

 

The men's boutonnieres included white garden tea roses and silver grey pods to accent.

The men’s boutonnieres included white garden tea roses and silver grey pods to accent.

 

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Nicole's bouquet included garden roses, garden tea roses, hydrangea and peonies.

Nicole’s bouquet included garden roses, garden tea roses, hydrangea and peonies.

 

Sara & Harry – June 2013

A big congratulations to Sara and Harry!  We wish you all the best!

Photographer: M2 Photography – A big thank you to Melissa McManus for providing their beautiful photos!

Venue: Trump National Golf Club – Pine Hill, NJ

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Nicole requested very pale peach tones, ivory/white and pops of coral shades. Her bouquet included roses, calla lilies, japonica, and small tufts of foliage to accent.

 

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Philadelphia Wedding Photography

Philadelphia Wedding Photography

Philadelphia Wedding Photography

Harry wore a calla lily boutonniere while his best man and groomsmen wore rose boutonnieres.

 

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Philadelphia Wedding Photography

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Sara’s petite toss bouquet!

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Philadelphia Wedding Photography

We created tall centerpieces with pale yellow, lime green, oranges, and pale pink using viburnum, hydrangea, roses, lisianthus and other seasonal blooms. We paired these tall arrangements with low lush arrangements to match.

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Philadelphia Wedding Photography

For her bridesmaids, Sara chose bright shades of corals and bright greens to accent. The bouquets were made of roses and cymbidium orchids with foliage to finish.

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Jen & Dave – July 2013

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Jen’s bouquet was arranged with pale peach blush roses, light green hydrangea, white stock and other seasonal blooms.

We just got back from a setup at the Cescaphe Ballroom in Philadelphia for Jen & Dave’s wedding!

 

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A low lush design of hydrangea, tea roses, sweet william and garden foliages includes a cylinder vase with curly willow and a floating candle.

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Tall garden style center pieces of hydrangea, roses and other seasonal blooms with hanging clematis vines for an added touch :-)

Tall garden style center pieces of hydrangea, roses and other seasonal blooms with hanging clematis vines for an added touch 🙂

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A trio of submerged orchids with curly willow swirled in the vases and a floating candle to accent each vase.

A trio of submerged orchids with curly willow swirled in the vases and a floating candle to accent each vase.

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‘Blushing Bride’ Hydrangea (PPAF)

‘Blushing Bride’ Hydrangea (PPAF)

The Next Endless Summer Hydrangea


In 2003, Endless Summer Hydrangea was introduced by Minnesota’s Bailey Nurseries and blew the gardening industry away! It blooms on both old and new wood for repeat-blooming color all season long. Since Endless Summer was introduced, three more repeat blooming hydrangeas have been introduced by Zelenka Nurseries – ‘Forever & Ever’, ‘Forever & Ever Double Pink’ and ‘Forever & Ever Red.’ Now, Bailey Nurseries is introducing an Endless Summer derivative – ‘Blushing Bride.’ This, the fifth of the new repeat blooming hydrangeas, each one distinctly different, was bred from Endless summer by Dr. Michael Dirr, our nation’s preeminent woody plant authority. It will have only limited availability this spring.


White Blooms Repeat Throughout the Season


The blooms produced by ‘Blushing Bride’ are pure white, maturing to a blush pink or blue, depending upon your soil acidity. It has glossy, deep green foliage. ‘Blushing Bride’ has even faster re-bloom that its parent, Endless Summer. In addition to repeat blooms, ‘Blushing Bride’ Hydrangea is unusually hardy, at least through Zone 5.


‘Blushing Bride’ has the incredible repeat blooms that we love. Hydrangeas macrophylla always set their buds reliably in the fall, but these hydrangeas tend to go into the winter with soft and tender tips and that’s where the buds are located. Even if the buds survive the late fall frost and winter cold, they start to grow early in the spring and are subject to late spring freezes. As normal Hydrangea macrophyllas do not produce flower buds in the spring and summer, if and when these fall-produced buds die (or are eaten by deer), there will be no bloom that year. On ‘Blushing Bride’, flower buds are formed not only in the fall, but also in spring and summer. As the ‘Blushing Bride’ grows, it is continuously forming buds that will flower all season long. Prompt removal of the faded blooms will encourage new growth and even more new blooms.


Planting and Care


‘Blushing Bride’ Hydrangea will mature at four feet tall by four feet wide, perhaps a little larger. Unlike other Hydrangea macrophyllas which can only be pruned just as the flowers fade, ‘Blushing Bride’ can be pruned at any time – although late summer is probably still preferable. ‘Blushing Bride’ prefers moist soil (not wet) in a place with afternoon shade and morning sun. It makes an excellent choice for foundation planting, as a specimen and in shrub or perennial borders.



For best results plant in early spring to late summer.

Plant in well-drained soil. If you desire blooms that age to soft blue, add iron sulphate or garden sulphur; use lime for blooms that age to pink.

Performs best in moist, but not wet, soil. Add Soil Moist if you think the soil is too dry.

Plant so the top of the root ball is a half inch below the surface of the soil.

Prefers an area with morning sun and afternoon shade.

Use a handful of fertilizer at planting and again in early December and early March.

For blooms that will age to blue, use Leaf Gro compost at planting and fertilize with Holly-Tone.

For blooms that will age to pink, use Chesapeake Blue Crab Compost at planting and fertilize with Bulb-Tone.

Hardy in zones 5 to 9.

Click here to view Blushing Bride Hydrangea on the Carroll Gardens website.

Alan Summers, president of Carroll Gardens, Inc., has over 30 years experience in gardening and landscape design. He has made Carroll Gardens one of America’s preeminent nurseries, having introduced more than 20 new perennials and woody shrubs over the years and reintroduced numerous “lost” cultivars back to American gardeners.

Carroll Gardens publishes a weekly online newsletter written by Alan. It contains valuable gardening advice and tips and answers to customer questions. Click here to sign up for the Carroll Gardens weekly enewsletter.

Every Saturday, Alan hosts a call-in gardening forum on WCBM radio – 680 AM. For those outside of the WCBM listening area, they can listen to radio show via the internet.

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