When you think of dried flower arrangements and wreaths, do you think of those horrible things your Mom and Grandma used to display in the early 1990s? Well, I did, too.
I confess that when I saw what today’s farmer florists are making with dried flowers in the 2020s, I changed my mind about dried flowers. You can create gorgeous and modern-looking dried floral arrangements by growing and drying this list of flowers.
I’ll be growing most of these flowers this year and have already started working with some dried flowers from last year, as well. You can find my dried flower creations (like this gorgeous rainbow-coloured wreath) on Instagram @shiftingblooms. And if you’re local to Saskatoon and area, you can even purchase them!
The BEST Way to Dry Flowers
Cut flowers when they are around 3/4 of the way open, and hang upside down in a warm, dark, dry place. The darkness is important to preserve the colour of the flowers. If you dry them in the sun, the colour will fade.
If you have too much moisture where you live, run a dehumidifier in the area.
In around 2-3 weeks’ time, you should have dry and usable flowers. If you can’t use them immediately and need to store them elsewhere, carefully wrap them in tissue paper or kraft paper.
Be very gentle with dried flowers, as they break easily.
CAN YOU DRY ALL TYPES OF FLOWERS?
Technically, yes. You can dry anything that you don’t have room to do an arrangement with or anything that doesn’t sell. However, some flowers will hold up better than others.
For example, I can’t imagine a dried Cosmo being particularly hardy, but go ahead and try it. I also used dried Peonies last year and they worked surprisingly well. I’ve even seen Ranunculus work well as a good dried flower. Even though it isn’t the first flower I would think of, I’ve seen it work beautifully in dried arrangements.
Long story short: experiment and figure out what works for you!
which dried flowers last the longest?
In the winter of 2021, I started making Christmas wreaths with dried flowers in them. I was very nervous about how long they would last as they would clearly be exposed to the elements plus and the wet, thawing snow, but I was pleasantly surprised! Statice, Sweet Annie, Frosted Explosion Grass, and Cress were all extremely tough and looked good well into March.
The Best Flowers to Grow for Drying
4. Broom Corn
Unlike regular corn, Broom Corn will grow large tassels and little to no cob.
5. Bunny Tails
Celosias come in both brain-type (as shown) and spike-type.
10. Dusty Miller
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12. Frosted Explosion Grass
Frosted Explosion Grass is much loved by flower farmers because it looks beautiful and shimmery, plus it fills in any bare spots in an arrangement so well. Plant lots, because you’ll want to use it often.
13. Globe Thistle
One of my favourite fall perennials. I’m able to collect it from the ditches where I live. (Harvesting responsibly, of course.)
18. Love in a Mist
When Love in a Mist is finished blooming, you’ll have beautiful pods to harvest and dry.
As with the Love in a Mist above, poppies are dried for the pods and not the flowers. Breadseed Poppies and Rattle Poppies produce some of the largest pods.
I shy away from growing Roses on the prairies, but if you do, make sure to plant the Morden series of Roses for a better growing experience.
Scabiosa make amazing seed pods with a unique texture when they are finished blooming.
22. Sea Holly
Starting your Sea Holly from seed? Make sure you start them early, as they need 10-12 weeks before your last frost date to get started.
23. Silver Mound
Silver Mound is a low-growing, bushy perennial with greyish green leaves, that look very beautiful when dried. It’s not used as a cut flower because the stems are too short, but they’re long enough to use dried in wreaths or smaller arrangements.
26. Sweet Annie
Don’t be limited to just wheat–any sort of grain will work! Look also for different colours of wheat, such as black and red shades.
Are there any flowers or grasses that you would add to this list? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.
SERIOUS ABOUT STARTING A CUT FLOWER GARDEN, BUT NEED MORE HELP?
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You’ll EASILY grow $39 worth of flowers this year. In fact, once your garden get’s producing, you’ll grow at least 3 times that amount of flowers just in one week. Don’t wait another season and lose time to costly mistakes.