The trend of dried flowers has overthrown the captivation of fresh flowers. We need to acknowledge that most people nowadays prefer sustainability over temporary beauty. While fresh flowers might seem alluringly pretty wrapped in a velvet bouquet, that charm is too short-lived.

Dried flowers are now the preferable embellishment for every floral enthusiast out there. You can use dried flowers in any decoration. It can add a chic, rustic, or any kind of personal vibe you’re aiming for in your aesthetic preferences, without losing its main appeal—floral aromatics and bright vibrant colours.

When looking for which flowers dry best, try to choose flowers that will retain their shape and colour well. Keeping that in mind, in this article we’re going to tell you which flower works wonders when dried.

Globe Amaranth (Gomphrena globosa)

This annual tropical flower got its name for its globe-shaped blossoms. Globe Amaranth is similar to strawflowers in terms of its stiff and papery build. Instead of petals, this flower has tubular bracts, which are almost similar to clovers.

The flowers of Globe Amaranth make the best dried flowers since they are able to retain their bright purple-ish colours and shape. You only need to cut them and then hang them upside down in batches to dry for three to four weeks. In order to dry them in their best colour, cut the stems as soon as the flowers are fully open.

Its magenta-coloured blossoms picture a classic tender colouring for a dashing decor. Globe Amaranth is best used for dried arrangements or potpourri. You can use them for the stems or for craft projects.

Globe Thistle (Echinops)

Globe Thistle is known for its blue-purplish colour, prickly foliage, and tall stature. This plant has a globe-shaped flower head almost the same size as a golf ball. Each strand of its globe petals is shaped like tiny blooming stars.

This flower’s solid stems and robust blossoms make it a popular choice for drying. To get the best dried results, cut the stems and then hang them upside down in a warm, dark and dry place.

Dried thistles’ intense deep-blue colour can give off a hint of purple when placed in a window or a place with slight sunlight exposure. It is best when used in decoration with other bright-coloured flowers or on its own as a modern dried bouquet.

Hydrangea

This native Japanese flower is popular for its full lush blooms. Its colours range from pink to blue hues. What’s unique about hydrangea is that their colours can be adjusted according to the amount of aluminium in the soil. Higher alkaline soil will result in pinkish blooms, while lower pH soil will result in blue-ish Hydrangeas.

The drying process of Hydrangeas is unique as well. Experts recommend putting them in a vase of water. While most flowers will wilt, Hydrangeas will dry out slowly. You can also opt to dry them by hanging them upside down, though the watered vase method will result better in preserving the Hydrangea colour.

Once your Hydrangeas petals are stiff, and dry and feel papery, they are ready and perfect to use in dried flower arrangements or wreaths.

Lavender (Lavandula)

Lavenders are known for their many uses, from essential oils, wedding decorations, edibles, and dried satchels or dried floral arrangements. Its purple flowers, which are strands of tiny star-shaped hairs, are arranged at the tip of its long bare stalks.

Drying lavender is quite easy. There are a couple of methods, such as hanging them, leaving them in the sun, or using a microwave or oven. The best method for preserving its colours and shapes is by hanging them upside down in bunches with long stems for a week or more. But if you want the quickest method, you use the microwave or oven. Though you need to be very careful not to burn your stems.

Dried lavender flowers are best used for display. Additionally, you can also collect the lavender buds and use them for potpourri or put them in sachets for bathroom fragrance. You can also preserve dried lavender fragrances by spraying them with lavender essential oil.

Rose (Rosa)

There is no doubt that roses are the most popular flower of all time. The cultivation of rose gardens in China started 5,000 years ago. It symbolises the “language of love”. Its colours in any shade emit beauty and elegance. Roses are available in many colours, from red, pink, and orange, to white. Whether it is for festivals, weddings, prayers, or even condolences, roses can express it all. Fresh or dried, roses are still roses.

There are many different methods to dry roses, such as air drying, sand drying, watered vases, or using microwaves. But experts recommend using another method, which is desiccant drying or drying the roses with silica gels. This method proves to be the most effective drying method in preserving fully open roses. All you need to do is place your blooms in an airtight container and bury them in silica gel. To dry a full bouquet, you’d need around 2-3kg of silica gels.

There are tons of uses for dried roses. Some of them include using them as wreaths, potpourris, creating flower crowns, perfume mixtures, or just simple classic dried flower bouquets.

Given below is a comprehensive list of more flowers which can be used as dried flowers.

Strawflower
Curry Plant
Drumstick Allium
Love Lies Bleeding
False Saffron
Cornflower
Love in a Mist
Cardoon
Conebush
Gayfeather
Sea Holly
Statice
Black-Eyed Susan
Celosia
Silver Mound
Tansy
Strawflower
Lollipop
Common Milkweed
Annie Wylam
Baby’s Breath
Bluebell
Orange Lily
Larkspur
Yarrow
Viola
Gomphrena
Pansy
Goldenrod
Baby’s Breath
African Daisy
Floss Flower
Mealy Cup Sage
Peony
Siberian Iris
Poppy
Amaranth
Floss Flowers
Mealycup Sage
Ageratum
Broom Corn
Craspedia
Cress
Delphinium
Dusty Miller
Eucalyptus

In conclusion, dried flowers are timeless, sustainable, and beautiful. There are many other flowers that can be dried and still turn out great. Harness your creativity and get your own favourite dried flowers. You can either create them with DIY methods or buy them wholesale.