Photo: Ralph Lee Anderson

Want to make your hydrangeas really last? Dry your blooms and they'll keep for several years.

Southern Living

Editor's tip for drying hydrangeas: If using Method A or B, start with older flowers with petals that feel slightly papery.

A. In the Vase: Once you've created your centerpiece, let water evaporate from the vase, and hydrangeas will dry by themselves.

B. Upside Down: Secure small bunches of blooms with string, and hang them upside down in a cool, dark place for several weeks until dry.

C. On the Plant: Let the flowers dry on their own, and then cut them off. This occurs naturally in late July, August, and September.

D. Last Call: In late fall, cut brown blooms and lightly coat with a florist spray paint, such as Design Master, to create colorful blooms.

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