Fabulous blooms are meant to be enjoyed for months. Extend your favorite garden or landscape blooms with dry flower bouquets. This simple technique can bring a floral element into any space.
How to Dry Flowers:
- Cut your selected flowers from plants and remove extra stems and leaves.
- Arrange and group your flowers.
- Tie the desired arrangement together at the end of stems with string.
- Hang the arrangement upside down by tying the string to a taller object (door handles, hangers, etc).
Although any flower or plant can be dried for floral decoration, we asked our plant experts what makes for the best dried floral arrangements. See their top picks below.
Fire Light Tidbit® Panicle Hydrangea
This panicle hydrangea from Proven Winners offers large blooms in small spaces. With strong stems, this variety provides sturdy white to pink blooms throughout summer. Plant in small spaces as it reaches a mature height of 2 to 3 feet and spread of 3 feet. Plant anytime from spring to fall and build strong bases by pruning one-third its total height in late winter or early spring. This hydrangea grows in USDA Zones 3 to 8.
Sombrero® Adobe Orange Coneflower
With unique shape and color, coneflowers make excellent dried flowers. Coneflower is great for quick turnarounds as it only takes a week or two to dry. As a strong plant, it adapts to hot, windy and sunny locations. It becomes drought tolerance once established and reaches a mature height and spread of 18 to 20 inches. Plant in Zones 4 to 9.
Lavender makes excellent dried flowers as it continues to offer its sweet scent and delightful blooms. Add this dried flower to any space to enjoy the scent benefits like relaxation, reduced insomnia, improved mood and more. Plant in small spaces or in large groupings for stunning effects. It reaches a mature height of 12 to 20 inches and spread of 24 inches and grows in Zones 4 to 9.
Blackhawks Big Bluestem
Grasses like big bluestem make creative additions to dried floral arrangements. Take your dried arrangements to the next level with various dimensions, colors and textures. This grass reaches a mature height of 60 inches and spread of 24 inches. Hardy to Zone 3, it becomes drought tolerant once established.
Other plants our experts recommend include astilbe, yarrow and salvia. Make sure to utilize your garden’s blooms year-round with unique floral arrangements.
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