Best flowers for dried arrangements
By Zhang Xinrui, Ding Qian

Dried flowers not only keep their natural beauty for a long time but also make excellent arrangements. Here are some popular flowers perfect for drying. 

Roses

Dried roses /VCG Photo

Dried roses /VCG Photo

Who doesn't love a rose? Common roses are great materials for dried flowers. When making dried flowers with roses, choose semi-bloomed flowers instead of flowers that are in full bloom. Tie the roses with a rope, invert and dry them.

Lavender

Bunches of lavender drying upside down in front of window. /VCG Photo

Bunches of lavender drying upside down in front of window. /VCG Photo

Lavenders are common plants that can be seen across the world. They are used as culinary herbs and for the extraction of essential oil. Lavender has a sleep-aiding effect.

They are also excellent for drying. Trim the lavenders and bundle them. Use the craft paper bag to wrap the lavenders. They need to be placed in a cool, ventilated place and protected from direct sunlight. They could be totally dry in a few weeks.

Yarrow

Dried yarrow. /VCG Photo

Dried yarrow. /VCG Photo

The plant belongs to the family of sunflowers. Its petals are flat umbrella-shaped. The blooms are usually small and white, but can also be other colors such as yellow and pink. They also emit a spicy and distinctive aroma. Yarrows are commonly used as dried flowers.

King Proteas

Dried king proteas. /VCG Photo

Dried king proteas. /VCG Photo

This is an expensive flower. At the same time, it is also very suitable for making dried flowers. The flowers are hard and the rods are thicker. They are widely distributed in South Africa. In order to preserve them, just put it in a vase and wait for it to air dry.

Baby's breath

Baby's breath /VCG Photo

Baby's breath /VCG Photo

Native to central and eastern Europe, baby's breath (Gypsophila paniculata ) is a popular ornamental garden flower. They are often arranged as the backdrops for larger flowers.

Strawflower

Colour varieties of strawflowers. /VCG photo

Colour varieties of strawflowers. /VCG photo

Strawflower is a drought-tolerant plant with blooms in bright colors such as red, yellow and white. The plant has long been used to decorate the rooms. It is also a popular flower to dry, but handle it with care since the  stems are quite delicate.

Sunflower

A large group of sunflowers hang upside down while drying in a greenhouse. /VCG Photo

A large group of sunflowers hang upside down while drying in a greenhouse. /VCG Photo

Sunflowers have big flower faces of yellow petals and brown centers. They are also excellent as dried flowers. Hang them up to dry in a cool and dark place such as a cabinet and closet. After two or three weeks, take them out of the closet and coat them with hairspray to preserve the shape and color of the flower.