Preserved flowers have become a popular trend over the last couple of years, and for good reason! They’re low-maintenance, eco-friendly, and a wonderful way to hold onto a flower’s beauty while adding texture and a gorgeous earthy palette to a space. We have a great range of dried and preserved flowers and a dedicated workshop in inner city Sydney, where we teach dried flowers workshops.
Here are a few of our favourite
types of dried flowers that you can enjoy for months to come.
Bunny tails (also known as rabbit tails or Lagurus ovatus) are a Meditarranean species that have fluffy white seed heads that slowly become a rich cream to tan as they dry. They add a pretty, soft and delicate touch to any arrangement, or you can style them in a vase on their own. To dry, group them into bunches and hang them upside down in a space with good air circulation.
Hydrangeas are one of those flowers that require almost no effort to preserve. You can actually dry them in vases of water, which might seem counterintuitive, but it helps preserve their colour. They take approximately two weeks to fully dry out. However, make sure not to overcrowd the vases – each bloom needs good air circulation and room to maintain their open shape.
These natives come in so many varieties (around 170 species, in fact!),and each one looks uniquely stunning in dried floral arrangements. Since their stems are so sturdy, banksias don’t need to be hung upside down to dry to hold their shape. Simply leave them out of water to dry for one to two weeks.
These stunners have been in the spotlight lately. Their beautiful leaves really pack a punch, so they’re a great choice for big events such as weddings. Leave the stems out of water standing or lay them out flat to dry, then watch them change from a vivid forest green to light brown. You can always trim any curled edges with a pair of scissors for a cleaner look similar to these sun palms, or add a metallic tint as a highlight.
Ruscus is a simple, charming fern with delicate lace pattern foliage. They come in an array of creamy earth tones, including a soft off-white. We love how these long stems add a dreamy, feathery look and fresh texture to arrangements. As with other stems, you can dry ruscus by hanging them upside down in bunches.