Beautiful hydrangeas from the planter under our family room window....Transformed into indoor decor:
It took some doing to get my husband to plant the hydrangeas a few years ago - he just didn't like them - but I kept telling him that they would add a lot of color in the backyard and he loooves color. He wasn't feelin' it but he caved and now he really does like them. When we sit on the patio by the cottage, they give us a burst of raspberry color (I have a section of green hydrangeas also and I almost like them better).
The only drawback is that in the Fall they dry out and get long and leggy and really need to be trimmed back. But before they get to that point, I cut a few and use them inside. In this picture, I found a container on sale at our local craft store for $19. and, with a bag of moss to anchor the stems, I added my cut hydrangeas. They will dry like that - in place - and I won't have to do anything more. And, the best part is: the artificial versions were selling in the craft store for $8. a stem. And...mine were free!