Flowers of the dried variety are really making a comeback, and it’s a great time to take advantage of this cool interiors trend. According to Etsy, there has actually been an impressive 93 per cent increase in searches for dried flowers in the last six months, compared to the same time last year.
Why are dried flowers so popular?
‘This resurgence is due in part, I think, to prolific posts from lifestyle bloggers who have documented pretty little bunches of posies all over their homes,’ explains Rosie Conroy, florist at Lavender & Rose.
There are many benefits to having dry flowers in the home, as well as sending a bunch to a friend in need right now. The obvious one is longevity; dried flowers can literally last a lifetime, so are a great investment that will never look sad or smell bad. These ever-lasting florals are perfect for adding texture and interest to shelves or corners which need a little pick me up, and come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.’
As well as coming in a beautiful array of styles, unlike faux flowers, they also don’t contain any plastic, so are more eco-friendly than buying them fake.
Are dried flowers better for the environment?
Rosie recommends trying to avoid dyed versions, which ‘are generally chemically treated in a pretty harsh way, which isn’t the best environmentally speaking.’ Buying one or two versions such as these shouldn’t do too much harm though: ‘they do last for years and as a one-off purchase are a good way to inject a little floral fun into your life.’
As well as traditional dried flowers, these days you can also buy gorgeous pampas grass and bunny tails for an extra hit of texture. These tend to be super tall, so can be housed in that spectacular vase you’ve been looking to fill.
Dried flowers are also easier to post as they’re less delicate, making them the perfect pick-me-up for friends and family, whether they’re near or far.
Where to buy dried flowers
Lavender & Rose
Lavender & Rose sell carefully sourced dried flowers with an emphasis on natural stems and eco-friendly packaging. They run with a small collection of things like dried wheat, beige bunny tail grasses and fluffy cotton stems as well as seasonal specials.
The Happy Blossoms
The Happy Blossoms’ signature dried Baked Blossoms are amongst Instagram’s most pictured, with a selection of brights, pastels and neutrals on offer that will slot seamlessly into your decor.
Mud Goods prepares beautifully wrapped bundles which are then delivered nationwide by the Royal Mail. They sell out fast, so we’d recommend keeping an eye on their social media accounts for restocks.
Grace & Thorn
East London-based Grace and Thorn’s designed come in glass jars and vases, so you don’t need to arrange them yourself. A perfect present if ever we saw one.
Rose & Grey
Be still our beating hearts – Rose & Grey’s dried flowers are the soft, delicate bunches of dreams. They also offer gorgeous natural pampas, if texture is your thing.
More grasses, leaves and foliage can be found in Little Deer’s collection, all of which are very reasonably priced.
Somerset boutique Article ‘buy and dry many varieties of English flowers’, and sell them per single variety or in ready-made-up mixed posies – the results are undeniably gorgeous.
Unsurprisingly for the high street’s chic destination for homeware, Anthropologie often has dried bouquets in its edits, including these evergreen eucalyptus stems.