Best Plants for Dried Arrangements


| 3/3/2017 12:00:00 AM


Tags: Dried flowers, cut flowers, native plants, wheat, prairie grasses, wreaths, Lynsey Sable, Manitoba,

I'm completely biased by my northern latitude when I say, yes, yes, we all need more dried flowers!

I'm also being a bit of a hipster when I say it too, because I believe that dried flowers are coming back in style. (To be fair, as an eighties child, dried florals have never left me).

Speaking of the eighties, let's just all take a collective second here and shake the dusty image of a bleached bouquet turned spider castle in Aunt so-and-so's bathroom right out of our heads. Fresh dried flowers are wonderful, fragrant, pleasing things, but ironic in that they don’t quite “thrive on neglect.” I've actually noticed that dry, poor soil conditions are called for by a lot of the best dried cut flowers. If you've got sharp soil conditions, extended droughts, and especially when you have both, you definitely should consider cultivating more room for dried flowers in your heart and garden.

For the wreath pictured below, I wove ‘Hopi Red Dye’ amaranth, wheat, native white sagebrush, rose hips, and a number of other native grasses into a dogwood frame.

Dried flower wreath

Hi, Helichrysum and Friends!

The classic of dried cut flowers is Helichrysum bracteatum, commonly called strawflower, which is one seed you should start indoors this time of year (mid-March) in my Zone 3 town. You can find the traditional heirloom strawflower cultivar 'Tall Double Mix' quite easily, and it includes some attractive nude tones (so much so, I wish there was a 'Beige Mix' strawflower option). For crafts, you’ll want to keep the winter holidays in mind, so consider growing white or pastel strawflowers, which would be useful in December and after, when you may not be in the mood for magenta and yellow. Swallowtail Garden Seeds has the largest strawflower selection I've come across so far, so be sure to check theirs out.




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