26 Best Flowers to Grow for Dried Flower Arrangements | Shifting Roots

26 Best Flowers to Grow for Dried Flower Arrangements

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

1. Ageratum

2. Amaranth

3. Baby’s Breath

4. Broomcorn

Unlike regular corn, broom corn will grow large tassels and little to no cob.

5. Bunny Tails

6. Celosias

Celosias come in both brain type (as shown) or spike type.

7. Craspedia

8. Delphinium

9. Dusty Miller

10. Eucalyptus

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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

Image by Annette Meyer from Pixabay 

13. Goldenrod

One of my favourite fall perennials, I’m able to collect it from the ditches where I live. (Harvesting responsibly, of course.)

14. Gomphrena

Image by jay jordan baquiran from Pixabay 

15. Hydrangeas

16. Larkspur

17. Love in a Mist

When Love in a Mist is finished blooming, you’ll have beautiful pods to harvest and dry.

18. Poppies

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.

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    19. Roses

    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.

    20. Scabiosa

    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.

    22. Silvermound

    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.

    23. Statice

    Image by Chesna from Pixabay 

    24. Strawflowers

    25. Yarrow

    26. Wheat

    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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    Kristen Raney

    Kristen Raney

    Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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