Do you ever notice that some flowers look prettier the longer they are in bloom? Some flowers really only look good as they first bloom and some on their one and only day in bloom. Then there are the flowers that look better as they age. I love how the poppy heads look as much as I like their actual bloom. But, in my garden the flowers that age the most gracefully are the hydrangeas. As the flowers stay on the shrub for weeks their fresh petals dry and deepen in color, while the leaves stay bright and shiny in the background. I have quite a few varieties in my garden, unfortunately several didn't bloom this year because of the late freezes we had.
Luckily there are still many that did bloom and are the aging beauties in the background.
Unknown florist Hydrangea
Hydrangea 'Nikko Blue' behind Japanese Maple 'Orido Nishiki'.
Unknown Lacecap Hydrangea
There's something to be said for aging naturally and finding the beauty in it.