If you are looking for an economical way to add some variety to your home décor, dried floral arrangements can be a great choice. If done correctly, they can preserve the natural beauty of flowers for years. You can hand pick your own arrangement from your own back yard. There is a myriad of choices. These are some of my favorites:
1. Ornamental Grass- Fountain grass blooms small purplish flowers and can go in a casual or semiformal setting. It is a mound forming grass, not crawling so it will not take over your garden. Fountain grass will bloom from July to fall. They grow slowly and preferably at temperatures from 75F to 85F. Your grass or sticks are typically the tallest part of your arrangement. You usually want to avoid a flamboyant background. Your grass is the setting for your piece.
2. Tulips- Tulips are beautiful and can add strong saturated colors to your floral arrangement. Growing tulips can be fairly easy. Your area needs to be well prepared and clear for growing. Tulips are tougher flowers, so fertilizer is not essential, but it is always beneficial. A specialized formula like a bulb fertilizer would be best. When choosing your bulbs to buy, bigger is usually better. Also, be aware of its blooming schedule and keep them fresh.
3. Sunflowers- Sunflowers are a classically beautiful and are great coloring in a summer or fall flower arrangement. Sunflowers are easy to grow and require minimal maintenance. They are also easily manipulated. If you plant a single seed, you will get one large flower. If you plant multiple seeds in one pocket, you are likely to get multiple smaller flowers on a single plant. Sunflowers can grow from a couple feet tall or taller than you. Because sunflowers can be so large, you may want to plant them several feet apart. If you are growing miniatures, space them by one foot. Full sun or partial shade will work.
4. Baby’s Breath- Baby’s Breath is a common plant in bouquets, and with substantial reason. It provides a wonderful continuity between grass and flower. They are delicate with small white flowers, but grow very rapidly. They can be planted in spring and need to have partial sun and rich fertilizer. They should be planted approximately 8 inches apart. Be attentive to moisture and pH levels.
5.Orchid- Orchids are prized plants. While they can be highly temperamental, they are worth it. If you make an orchid arrangement, you will not be in need of many materials. This flower can be the main focal piece of your arrangement, and can be overdone with too many surrounding flowers. Orchids do best in shade and should not get direct sunlight to long in a day. They make great indoor plants. Orchids do not need to be watered everyday; it is a delicate balance. Orchids can last a very long time if properly cared for.
Any of these plants would be a great starting point for designing a dried floral arrangement or bouquet. You can recycle beauty from your backyard to your living room.