I’ve long been a fan of dried flowers, drawn by their subtle sun-faded shades of earthy pink tones and pale silvery neutrals.
I love their varied textures, the papery petals, sculptural seed pods and hazy feathery grasses, which add a natural organic element to any interior.
Dried florals are so versatile. Hang them in fat, generous bunches in the kitchen or weave them into wall art. A wreath of dried florals works wonderfully above a mantlepiece, where fresh flowers or pot plants may well wilt from the fire below.
And being dried, means flowers and grasses can also sit in pretty decorative vessels that are non-watertight such as woven baskets or old terracotta urns.
Nothing sings of summer like a posy of fresh flowers - yet nothing droops more quickly in my sunny south-facing kitchen!
By contrast, dried florals are the ultimate low-maintenance house guests. They need no water or feeding.
A shelf life of up to three years, makes them a long-lasting and sustainable choice, plus a natural alternative to faux flowers and foliage.
Dried florals fare best in a well-ventilated room, avoiding direct sunlight and humidity. Just give them an occasional dust if you are feeling inclined.
Finally, they make a lovely gift for hay fever sufferers as dried florals don’t trigger hayfever-related allergic reactions.
Where to buy
Blume in south London, my local neighbourhood.
From Victoria in Lewes, East Sussex. I always pop in when I am doing an antiques jaunt in Sussex.
These beautiful round heads with their softened spikes work as a single stem or grouped as heads as decorative objects. The pale apricot tone complements the warmth of terracotta. I have even started drying them myself!
Dried Stipa Feather Grass
The warm-toned tips of these feathery fronds bring a delicate haze to a corner.
These elongated, elegant shapes of Babala add visual height. Their uniform form and shape are pleasingly regular.
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We have a limited stock of rare vintage Africa Terracotta urns - the perfect vessel for displaying dried florals.
These handmade terracotta urns, sourced from North Africa, were originally used for storing legume or olive oil. Each pot has a unique patina created by years of use.
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