Drying Limelight Hydrangeas

Amy stands in the dining room, surrounded by buckets of limelight hydrangeas ranging in color from white to lime green.

I grew up in the mountains where hydrangeas thrive but I learned quickly that they can be difficult to keep alive in the Lowcountry.  Some people are hydrangea whisperers and myself?  Not so much.  I killed three different bushes before I found the perfect variety for my location, Limelight Hydrangeas.

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A quick and easy way to dry limelight hydrangeas by leaving them to dry in vases. #falldecor #hydrangeas #fallhydrangeas #dryingflowers #dryinghydrangeas #limelighthydrangeas #preservingflowers

What Are Limelight Hydrangeas?

Limelight hydrangeas produce massive blooms and they do very well in our super hot summers.  I have seen them do very well in colder climates also!  Ours have thrived in the full sun where other varieties of hydrangeas would wilt away.

Gathering limelight hydrangeas from my front yard to prepare for the drying process.

Why am I telling you all about these wonderful flowers?  Not only are they very easy to maintain, aka keep alive, they are gorgeous for your decor.  Before Hurricane Florence came our way, I snipped several blooms and brought them in to dry.  I will share this easy process with you now.

How to Dry Limelight Hydrangeas

Step 1 – Select Hydrangea Clippings

First, you will need to wait until early fall and when they are a pretty green color.  My hydrangeas have already turned green once and when I trimmed them back in July, they produced another set of growth and beautiful blooms. Start by touching the flower on the bush and if it feels almost like paper, it is the perfect bloom to trim.

Buckets of green limelight hydrangeas trimmed and ready to be dried. These gorgeous limelight hydrangeas range in color from natural white to a stunning lime green.

Do not cut them for drying purposes when they are fresh white blooms.  You can see a few of the white blooms above, and they will not dry well using this method as seen below.

This limelight hydrangea bloom was cut too early, wilted, and went brown.
Bloom cut too early (right).

I keep them in a 5 gallon bucket of water on our shaded porch until I am ready to finish the drying process.  This time it took two full days because I was trying to complete the task during nap time, along with packing for a possible hurricane evacuation, and prepping for a yard sale.  I would not recommend leaving them like this on your porch for a long period of time.

Step 2 – Preparing to Dry the Limelight Hydrangeas

Preparing to dry the hydrangeas by clipping the stems and placing them in vases with shallow water.

Trim leaves from the stem and place the cuttings in an inch or so of water, barely covering the end of the stem.  Do not overcrowd each clipping.  I prefer placing three or four clippings per vase to allow for air flow.

Bunches of white and green limelight hydrangeas sit in vases with shallow water, waiting to naturally dry out.

Step 3 – Leave the Hydrangeas Alone

This is the most crucial part in case you have been skimming this blog post.  The most important step of all.  Leave them alone.  You read that right.  Let me put out there again.  N E G L E C T them.  Walk away from the hydrangeas and don’t look back.  Seriously that easy.  They will miraculously dry on their own without any effort from you!

Vases of white and green limelight hydrangeas sit on bookshelves while going through the natural during process

Dried Limelight Hydrangeas are Perfect for Centerpieces

I love placing these in a big bowl and displaying them as a table centerpiece.  You can put them in a dough bowl.  They make awesome wreaths.  The ideas are limitless and I will save that for another post.

Gorgeous dried limelight hydrangea bunches sit on a table next to a wooden centerpiece bowl.

Bunches of dried limelight hydrangeas sit in a wooden bowl on the center of a dining table. These hydrangeas are perfect for dining table decor and centerpieces.

Useful Links for Caring for Limelight Hydrangeas

Proven Winners Limelight Hydrangeas

Purchase Limelight Hydrangeas on Amazon

The Easiest Hydrangea of All by Southern Living

I purchased my Limelights at Lowe’s Home Improvement and on Amazon here.  They are all thriving!

I have linked videos to my story highlights on Instagram also.  Happy gardening friends!

Find more flower decor ideas at these posts below!

Amy poses with a fresh bunch of lime green limelight hydrangea flowers.


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