In Praise of Endless Summer Hydrangeas: Garden Flower Arrangement + Table

Create a flower arrangement using hydrangeas from the garden as a centerpiece for the table. You’ll also find flower arrangement longevity tips and additional floral inspiration.

Garden flower arrangement with Endless Summer Hydrangeas | © #flowers #tablescapes #hydrangeas

Happy Monday! It’s the first Monday of the month which means I’m joining my blogging friends for some flower therapy and Monday Morning Blooms.

You can find my flower-loving friends’ links to their floral inspiration at the bottom of this post.

 Endless Summer Hydrangeas | © #flowers #garden #hydrangeas

Endless Summer Hydrangeas are blooming! We have several Endless Summer Hydrangea shrubs that are loving our abundance of recent rainfall.

 Endless Summer Hydrangeas | © #flowers #garden #hydrangeas

Endless Summer Hydrangea is a re-blooming variety of bigleaf hydrangea. Early season flowers are produced from buds on old wood from the previous year. Flowers also bloom on the new season’s growth later in the summer.

 Endless Summer Hydrangeas and Lola | © #flowers #garden #hydrangeas #dog #biconfrise

Endless Summer Hydrangea blooms can be blue or pink depending on your soil’s pH level. Blue blooms develop in acidic soil and pink blooms in alkaline soil. If your soil is not acidic and you want blue blooms, you can amend your soil with composted oak leaves, pine needles and coffee grounds, or find a product in the garden center that is sulfur-based that will produce blue flowers.

Easy flower arranging method using a long box or planter! | © #flowers #hydrangeas

For a quick centerpiece, I added six acrylic cups as vases to a galvanized planter which makes it easy to replace individual flowers as they fade and change your vase water. . . no flower arranging skills required with this easy method!

Easy flower arranging method using a long box or planter! | © #flowers #hydrangeas

I used plastic bags from the grocery store, placing them between the cups to keep them from shifting once they’re filled with water and flowers. Hydrangea blooms are so large it doesn’t take many to fill your container or vase.

Easy flower arranging method using a long box or planter! | © #flowers #hydrangeas

I also cut some hosta leaves from the garden to add to the arrangement.

Flower arrangement using hosta leaves from the garden | © #flowers #garden

Cut hydrangeas are notorious for wilting.

Here’s a tip to keep them from wilting: Alum!

Keep your cut Hydrangeas from wilting with this easy tip! | © #hydrangeas

 Cut your hydrangeas in the morning with they are fully hydrated and not stressed from the heat. When arranging them, cut each stem at a 45 degree angle for maximum water uptake and dip 1/2 inch of each cut stem in alum powder, found on the spice aisle at the grocery store. Place your dipped hydrangea stems in your vase of room temperature water (the temperature it runs from the tap).

Garden flower arrangement with Endless Summer Hydrangeas, hosta leaves, Verbena Lollipop | © #flowers #tablescapes #hydrangeas

I always add the floral preservative packets to my vase water to prolong the life of my flowers. If you don’t have any floral preservative, you can make your own with this easy formula.

Endless Summer Hydrangeas | © #flowers #garden #hydrangeas

Another tip to help prolong the life of your cut hydrangeas is remove the leaves as they cause evaporation loss and take water from the head of the flower. Keep your finished arrangement away from the heat and out of direct sunlight and check your water levels in your arrangement, topping off as needed as hydrangeas are heavy drinkers.

Garden flower arrangement with Endless Summer Hydrangeas | © #flowers #tablescapes #hydrangeas

In addition to hydrangeas and hosta leaves, I added some Verbena Lollipop that’s blooming around the Potting Shed for a pop of pinky/purple to pair with the tablecloth.

Verbena Lollipop | © #flowers #garden #flowers

If you’re looking for a flower that attracts pollinators, self-sows and tolerates the heat, Verbena Lollipop is the flower for you!

Verbena Lollipop = Butterfly Magnet! | © #flowers #garden #flowers

Verbena Lollipop grows in USDA zones 6 – 10, prefers full sun in well-drained soil and is a butterfly and bee magnet!

Garden flower arrangement with Endless Summer Hydrangeas, hosta leaves, Verbena Lollipop | © #flowers #tablescapes #hydrangeas

I was hoping to set a table outdoors but Mother Nature would not cooperate so I ended up on the porch. We’ve had 5 1/2 inches of rain with pop up thunderstorms everyday over the course of a week and a half.

Garden flower arrangement with Endless Summer Hydrangea and tablescape | © #flowers #tablescapes #hydrangeas

Thankfully, sunshine and bird-chirping weather returns this week!

Lake Norman weather forecast first week of June

Garden flower arrangement and table with hydrangeas and bird plates | © #flowers #tablescapes #hydrangeas

An April Cornell tablecloth with hydrangeas provides a foundation for the table . . .

Embossed bird salad plate | © #flowers #tablescapes #hydrangeas

Reproduction majolica plates flew home with me from Pottery Barn a couple of years ago. . .

Embossed bird salad plate | © #flowers #tablescapes #hydrangeas

The four assorted salad plates have embossed bird designs with leaves, flowers, and berry details in the colorful style of vintage majolica dishware.

Embossed bird salad plate | © #flowers #tablescapes #hydrangeas

Embossed bird salad plate | © #flowers #tablescapes #hydrangeas

Chargers and watering can napkin rings from Pier 1 add additional galvanized details to the table to pair with planter. . .

Garden table with watering can napkin ring | © #flowers #tablescapes

Raise your hand if Pier 1 closing all their stores makes you sad. . . *sniff*.

Garden flower arrangement and table | © #flowers #tablescapes #hydrangeas

Table Details:

April Cornell Hydrangea Tablecloth / Amazon, last year

Bird salad plates / Pottery Barn, several years ago

Galvanized chargers and watering can napkin rings / Pier 1, couple of years ago

Galvanized Garden Planter Box / HomeGoods, last year

Napkins / HomeGoods, several years ago

Flatware / Portmeirion Botanic Garden

Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside

Garden flower arrangement and table | © #flowers #tablescapes #hydrangeas

Visit my talented friends to see their floral inspiration this week:

Pam at Everyday Living

Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

Shirley at Housepitality Designs

Endless Summer Hydrangeas | © #flowers #garden #hydrangeas

I highly recommend planting an Endless Summer Hydrangea if you have room in your landscape. They mature to 3 – 5 feet in height and width and are hardy in USDA zones 4 – 9. They need sun to bloom, preferring morning sun with afternoon shade especially in the hot and humid South. . .just like me. ;)

Endless Summer Hydrangeas | © #flowers #garden #hydrangeas

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  41 comments for “In Praise of Endless Summer Hydrangeas: Garden Flower Arrangement + Table

  1. June 1, 2020 at 6:17 am

    Raising my hand for sure! :( Your Endless Summer Hydrangeas are magnificent. I so miss mine and have planted several species around the house and now need to replant them as they are getting too much sun. Now moving to the north side of the house. Love, love seeing the Majolica PB plates again. How perfect for the table of hydrangeas. April Cornell does make the prettiest linens! Another gorgeous arrangement Mary and envy you having beautiful hostas…they are dessert for the deer here. I spy your lovely scissors…I recently bought a new pair that are wonderful. Made in Japan (like me)….A true pleasure sharing Monday Morning Blooms days with you! Have a great week of beautiful weather (for a change).

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  3. Kathy Menold
    June 1, 2020 at 7:05 am

    Mary , Beautiful combination of hydrangeas, hostas and Bonariensis Verbena.. My Hydrangeas are just starting to bloom and I can’t wait to copy your arrangement. Some of the Daylilies I won in your giveaway are blooming and the first ones are a delightful rose pink color. Look forward each day to check on them and see what they will be.. Thanks for your Monday flower therapy. We need all,we can get during these trying days.

    • Clara
      June 1, 2020 at 10:47 am

      Mary, A beautiful way to begin June with a colorful arrangement, gorgeous linens & lovely plates. A perfect tablescape! So sad about Pier 1 closing. ☹️ Your overhead shot is a favorite! Enjoy your week of good weather. Clara ♥️

      • June 1, 2020 at 12:53 pm

        Thank you Clara! I hope you’re enjoying some beautiful weather in your neck of the woods too❣️🌞🌸

    • June 1, 2020 at 1:02 pm

      Thank you Kathy. My daylilies are starting to bloom too! Glad to hear yours are coming up. Thank goodness for gardens and flower therapy.❤️🌼🌺🌸

  4. June 1, 2020 at 7:41 am

    Mary, i so love hydrangeas. We planted Endless Summer three years ago and the deer ate them completely down to the ground, I didn’t try again. But, yours are magnificent! The box of hydrangeas, hosta leaves, and the lollipop verbena is perfect to welcome the month of June. The AC hydrangea tablecloth is a lovely foundation for your PB majolica plates. I adore AC floral linens, I haven’t tried ordering from Amazon, I have ordered from the website. Your weather looks glorious for the week. It was 54 when I awakened this morning. It is always a pleasure to share Monday Morning Blooms with you. Have a wonderful Monday♥️

    • June 1, 2020 at 1:37 pm

      I’m so sorry to hear about your hydrangea and deer woes Pam…we don’t have deer feasting (knock wood) but the bunnies have been enjoying the perennial buffet. 🌺🌸🌱🐰 Happy June❣️

  5. Granny Gay:)
    June 1, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Your hydrangeas are absolutely stunning!!! What a grand way to begin June, even tho it is the first day of storm season (ugh…) As always, everything you have chosen for this presentation is such a treat to see…many thanks for sharing your talent…:)

    • June 1, 2020 at 1:25 pm

      Thank you Granny Gay! I hope you weather the storms and stay safe during these unsettled times ❤️

  6. Annette
    June 1, 2020 at 9:01 am

    I dont’ comment often, but I really enjoy your site. The photography, design and recipes are inspiring and so useful. Thanks for sharing. I will continue to be an avid, probably silent, follower.

    • June 1, 2020 at 1:23 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to comment and your visit Annette ❤️

  7. June 1, 2020 at 9:18 am

    No one does tablescapes like you do! This is just gorgeous! You are an amazing shopper, too. I love those watering can napkin rings. And the tablecloth and dishes. It is all a feast for the eyes. 💜

    • June 1, 2020 at 1:22 pm

      Thank you for your sweet comment, visit and tweet Jan! ❤️

  8. June 1, 2020 at 9:19 am

    Mary, your arrangement is endlessly gorgeous, and on that hydrangea tablecloth, it’s even more perfect. Those plates are making me swoon with their beautiful colors and scenes. How I’d love to grow an endless hydrangea. Thanks for sharing the morning beauty! ❤️

    • Mia
      June 1, 2020 at 9:49 am

      What a lovely tablescape! Going to remember the trick with alum powder – my cut hydrangeas always wilt immediately!


    • June 1, 2020 at 1:00 pm

      Thank you Kitty. I hope you’re enjoying some bird chirping weather this week and enjoying your pretty water garden❣️🌸

  9. June 1, 2020 at 10:05 am

    Thank you for the Flower Therapy! It’s needed now more then ever. ☮️

  10. Cyndi Raines
    June 1, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Just beautiful! Even I could do that centerpiece (if and) when my hydrangeas bloom. So very pretty Mary and your long galvanized garden planter is exceptional. I love your sweet bird plates! By the way I am making your lemon tart recipe today to take to a friend’s house for desert, our first neighborhood outing. 😄

    • June 1, 2020 at 10:40 am

      Thank you Cyndi! Yes, so easy to do! 🌸 I hope your tarts are a sweet success and hooray for a neighborhood get together.💕🍋

      • Cyndi Raines
        June 1, 2020 at 10:41 pm

        Mary, I made one large tart, sprinkled with blueberries on top and then a squirt of whipped cream. It was wonderfully delicious! A keeper recipe for sure! A big hit and now my neighbor will be ordering the large tart pan and reading your blog!♥️ 😁 ♥️🍋🍋🍋

  11. June 1, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Adore the shot of your girl in the background, pure joy, flowers and pups! Darling container too, so miss hgs, I check everyday to see if open yet, it will be a mob scene! Nice you can grow blue, not in my soil, ever! Mine are in full bloom too, sans 5.5″ of rain per day! Refreshing to see your posts after the news, thank God for gardens…

    • June 1, 2020 at 12:55 pm

      Hi to you! I’ve been negligent and need to stop by for a visit and see your beautiful blooms! Amen to gardens 🌸🌼🌻🐝🦋

  12. Sally
    June 1, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    Beautiful! I really enjoy your post. Thank you.💙

  13. Anne
    June 1, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    Thanks for another beautiful table. Amazed at your talents…recipes, wonderful shared “how tos”, gardening knowledge; it goes on and on. Thanks for always making my day. But please, more of Lola and Sophie. ❤️

    • June 1, 2020 at 12:51 pm

      Thank you Anne! I’ll let them know they need to guest post 🐾🐾😀

  14. Bonnie Morgan
    June 1, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Your hydrangeas look so healthy and pretty. I have been so disappointed that I have very few hydrangea blooms. Pam said hydrangeas were late this year. I am really hoping that is true and there will be blooms just later than normal.Your arrangement in the galvanized container looks so pretty with the hosta leaves and Verbena lollipop flowers. I love your tablescape and especially like the watering can napkin rings. I am very sad about Pier! closing. We don’t have many stores close by as it is that have all the tablescape items. I also heard Tuesday Mornings were closing. I hope that is a rumor.
    I like your AC tablecloth and your bird plates look so good on the galvanized chargers.
    Have a great week.

    • June 1, 2020 at 12:57 pm

      Thank you Bonnie❣️I’m sure they’re just late this year. Do you fertilize them in the spring? I’m so sad about Pier1 and hadn’t heard about Tuesday Morning 🙁

  15. June 1, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Raising my hand! {Note to Bonnie, Tuesday Morning is in re-structuring chapter 11, but still going to be in business according to an email I received from them last week} Mary, those hydrangeas are just stunning. Like your legion of fans, I love everything you do. This floral design and table setting is a feast. It’s a joy to be with your every Monday Morning Blooms dear Mary. xo Lidy

  16. June 1, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    Heard the closings have something to do with Chinese imports being impacted.
    On to happier topic – your arrangement and great ideas brought joy and beauty to the day…many thanks.

  17. Deb
    June 1, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    I too LOVE Hydrangeas and took your advice a year or so ago and bought some Endless Summer hydrangeas. They really are the first to bloom. Mine are not as large as yours but I’m hoping in a few years they will be. Enjoys all of your posts!

  18. June 1, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    The contrast with the verbena is perfect. I love those blue hydrangeas, I mean who doesn’t? But in our area, despite it being zone 5-6, we refer to these as “Endless Bummer”. They look great when you buy them but they never do again. Something about our harsh, dry, climate and the way our winters are that cause them to never be able to bloom again.

  19. June 1, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    Mary, your hydrangeas are just beautiful! I hope I get some blooms this year. I so miss the 15 bushes I had at the last house. So sad that Pier 1 is closing. These are very sad, unsettling times. Especially this past week.

  20. Gayle Zachariasen
    June 2, 2020 at 12:34 am

    I am going to make an arrangement like the one your show with the galvanized planter. I have tons of hydrangeas in every shade all summer long. We live in Vancouver, WA. Hydrangeas love our soil.

  21. Darlene
    June 2, 2020 at 1:58 am

    Just so Beautiful! We all need this so much..
    Peace and Calm!

  22. June 2, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Oh this is so pretty Mary, the hosta leaves and verbena really compliment the big fluffy hydrangea blooms! Your arrangement goes so well with the pretty tablecloth and sweet plates, so charming! Love the planter box you used too…How wonderful to have all those gorgeous blooms to enjoy all summer!

  23. Rita C.
    June 2, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Those verbena lollipops are SO pretty with the blue hydrangeas! And yes, I am sad that Pier 1 is closing! That’s probably the reason for the 5 1/2″ of rain. Those are collective tears of all us tablescapers falling!

  24. Bobbi Duncan
    June 2, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Mary, your endless summer hydrangeas are magnificent! Thanks for the preservation tips and for sharing your lovely tablescape.

  25. June 8, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    I’m new to your site. Beautiful photographs of my favorite flower. I have 1 1/2 acres of flowers, mostly hydrangeas. I also love the containers you use. Could you tell me where to find the metal container you used for your flowers?

    • June 8, 2021 at 1:15 pm

      Hi Cheryl, I found it at HomeGoods a couple of years ago :)

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