Flowers are beautiful when they are fresh, colorful, and blooming. But when they start to wither, will you still like the flowers?
Dried flowers become one of the artistic and creative ways to make the most out of flowers and floristry. Flowers are dried to preserve an arrangement or to keep the color and scent, at least for a period of time. They are also used as decorative elements in indoor and outdoor spaces. Some florists also use them as an element in a bouquet. If you are interested in dried flowers, here is a list of the popular dried flowers used in bouquets:
· Drumstick Allium
Drumstick Allium (Allium sphaeroocephalon) is a beautiful flower in the shape of an egg. The flower appears on top of the slender stem during the summer season. The blooms are round-headed in pink to rosy-purple color. Its leaves are hollow and in grayish-green color, providing beautiful contrast to the lovely bloom. It is popularly dried too, not only for decoration and preservation purposes but also for human consumption. Using just a few materials and household items found at home, drying the Drumstick allium is an easy process that you can simply do at home.
Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) is sometimes called Bachelor’s Button because of its shape and color. The flower has that intense blue color on top of the grey-green stems and arranged in a capitulum or flower head that has a diameter of 15 cm to 3 cm. The central disc florets are surrounded by a ring of florets spreading outward. According to the florists, the blue Cornflowers are dried and added to salads and desserts, teas and drink blends, and baked cookies and biscuits. Also, these dried flowers are used for interior decorations and for keepsakes.
· Globe Amaranth
Globe Amaranth (Gomphrena globosa) is known as the fireworks flower. It appears like the pom-pom flowers and it is found mostly in pink, red, purple, and orange colors. The colorful blooms make lovely fillers for a bouquet that requires a splash of colors. For unique dried floral arrangements, the globe-like blooms provide texture, as well as style, shape, and variation to the design. Dried Globe amaranth flowers offer health benefits because they contain various minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. When used and added on teas, they help improve skin health, reduce dark spots, and stop the aging of the skin.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is a popular scented flower in purple, lavender color. This fragrant flower is beautiful, as well as useful, whether freshly harvested, arranged as a bouquet, or dried. Drying these purple blooms provides a load of benefits. In fact, to the native Africans, Lavenders are herbal plants and they grow them to produce essential oils from the extracts of the flowers. Lavender oil is believed to contain medicinal benefits and cosmetic uses. Dried lavenders are also used as bath implements for skin care and rejuvenation. According to florists, Lavenders are dried in several options, such as counter drying, dry bunching, dehydrating, air drying, and using oven or microwave oven.
Statice (Linonium sinuatum) is a great choice when it comes to dried flowers. The mix of colors of the blooms and the durability of the petals make it a wonderful dried bunch to keep the room looking more impressive. In fact, with only a few stems, the room becomes more elegant. Drying Statice flowers is done by hanging them upside down for at least a week or two. According to the experts, it is best to air-dry the flowers in a dark room where air circulation is good and the temperature is at an average rate.
Lollipop (Verbena bonariensis) is a small flower that is popular for drying. The small blooms are in the shades of purple and violet. They are airy flowers that grow in the fields, and butterflies love them. The toothed leaves and the salver-shaped petals provide texture and style to a stunning fresh bouquet. Dried Lollipop flowers are used in a wide variety of designs and styles of bouquets and other interesting purposes. They can be dried to add to a fragrant potpourri. Fresh, dried, or pressed, they are a perfect addition to dried flower arrangements for indoor display.
Bluebell (Campanula rotundifolla) is a pretty tiny flower that is popular because of its delicate blue blooms and upright, bell-shaped flowers. The slender stems become weak over time which is why the blooms seem like nodding. Drying Bluebell is common, especially because they are used to adorn and beautify candles and soap. They also add colors and beauty to a bouquet of dried flowers. Based on folklore, the dried flowers were used as a cure for snake bites. They also contain diuretic and styptic properties that help treat leucorrhoea. The bulbs and sterns also produce starch and glue.
· Baby’s Breath
Baby’s Breath (Gypsooophila paniculata) is a popular flower that is commonly used as a filler to a bridal bouquet and to other floral arrangements. The white blooms can be dyed with desired colors for added attraction. Drying the flowers of Baby’s Breath is also common. The tiny blooms and the pretty colors make this flower a perfect choice for a lovely bouquet, and its lacy stems provide a wonderful volume and impressive appeal to a flower arrangement for weddings and for the Christmas holidays. A bouquet of dried Baby’s Breath flowers can be placed in a flower vase for interior decoration or on a picture frame for a lasting keepsake.