Today I want to share an easy way to make fresh Limelight Hydrangea Wreaths. Last year I wrote about hydrangeas and the beloved Macrophyllas or mophead varieties that are fairly hard to grow. I mentioned then the idea of growing peegee hydrangras or Hydrangea paniculata. One very popular newer variety of the is called ‘Limelight.’ It’s very easy to grow and will reward you with many blooms in mid-late summer.
Even though I pruned this guy pretty heavily this past spring it has grown about an addition 4-5 feet in one season with blooms on the older stems, and on the new growth. The flowers start off a pretty light green and gradually fade to white with pink tinges. So while I’m not quite ready for fall I thought I’d change things up on the porch and create two Limelight Hydrangea Wreaths for the front doors.
You may remember my Harvest Wreath from last summer. This wreath is made the exact same way. All you need is a wire wreath frame, a paddle of floral wire and the flowers.
Start by attaching a paddle of wire to your frame. Place the flowers, (remove the larger leaves first) on an angle towards the outside and wrap the wire around the stem and frame about three times.
Place the next flower on a slight angle on the inside of the first one, and attach by wrapping more wire, and pulling the paddle tight.
Continue until you complete the wreath. It’s that simple. I will say that it can get a little tricky and the end but just push back the flowers and work the paddle around until it’s finish. Give yourself a little extra wire when cutting it off the paddle, so that you can weave it in and out of the wire base to secure it in place.
You might be surprised at how great it looks. The flowers own beauty really make the wreath, but I’m always somewhat surprised at how nice they turn out.
The flowers will dry in place and turn a pretty brown color which you can then adorn with a bow or other plant material by sliding it in between the flowers.
And don’t forget this wreath making method can be done with herbs, evergreens and many other plant material. It’s a project that is quick, easy, affordable and fun. Those are the best kind, right?