Gardeners in colder regions certainly miss their flower gardens in the winter months, but if you plan ahead, you can grow flowers and plants to preserve and bring indoors for the snowy season. Drying flowers is simple, and arrangements can last for years. A few weeks back, I asked our Birds & Blooms Community members about their favorite flowers for drying. They were eager to share their personal choices, along with some beautiful photos showing the results of their work. Here are their recommendations.
Blooms: Grow these plants to save the flowers for drying.
- Globe Amaranth (Gomphrena)
- Strawflower (Helichrysum)
- Sunflowers (Helianthus)
- Sedum – Try ‘Autumn Joy’ or ‘Rosy Glow’
- Paper Flower / Imortelle (Xeranthemum)
- Statice (Limonium)
- Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana)
- Bells of Ireland (Moluccella laevis)
Seeds and Foliage: These plants provide interesting seedpods and other foliage for your dried arrangements.
- Love-in-a-Mist (Nigella)
- Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
- Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus)
- Coneflower (Echinacea)
Tips for Drying Flowers: Community member takyslaky provided her instructions for drying flowers and plants, noting, “Drying flowers and plants is not hard at all.” Here’s her method.
- Hang flowers upside down individually on a clothesline in the basement storeroom or a very warm garage in fall. For herbs you can bunch them together and do the same thing.
- Cover each flower with a brown lunch bag that you have cut some holes into to let air flow through, and keep dust out. Attach the bag to the plant or flower with a rubber band.
- It takes about three weeks to a month for the flowers to dry well. Once dried, give them a good coating of hairspray (she uses Aquanet) which keeps them well protected for a long time.
Do you have other flowers or plants to add to this list? Would you like to see more photos of dried flower arrangements, or ask questions about growing any of these plants? Join the Birds & Blooms Community and share your thoughts and questions!
Special thanks to Community Members Charlene (plantdoctorzn4), Leroy (hopscotch), margba, and takyslaky for their contributions to this post.