When you think of dried flower arrangements and wreaths, do you think of those horrible things your Mom and Grandma used to display from the early 1990’s? Well, I did. And I confess that when I saw what today’s flower farmers and florists were making with dried flowers in the 2020’s, I changed my mind about dried flowers.
You can create gorgeous and modern looking dried flower arrangements by growing and drying this list of flowers. I’ll be growing these flowers this year, and updating this post is the fall when I’ve made some creations to share.
The Easiest 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.
The Best Flowers to Grow for Drying
3. Baby’s Breath
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) or spike type.
9. Dusty Miller
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11. Frosted Explosion Grass
Frosted explosion grass is much loved by florists 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.
12. Globe Thistle
One of my favourite fall perennials, I’m able to collect it from the ditches where I live. (Harvesting responsibly, of course.)
17. 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 makes amazing seed pods with a unique texture when it is finished blooming.
21. 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.
Silvermound is 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.
Don’t be limited to just wheat–any sort of grain will work too. 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.
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