For the past three years, our hydrangea bushes did not get one single bloom. Extremely disappointed, I planned on digging them up but never got around to it. Thank goodness I didn't because this year they are covered with the most lovely shade of flowers.
The cut flowers are long lasting and I've been placing arrangements all over the house. In past years when the bushes were blooming, I would let the water evaporate out of the vase and it dried the flowers perfectly. Then, during the holidays, I would use the dried flowers in wreaths and on our Christmas tree.