The blooming garden is so beautiful that they want to admire endlessly. From early spring to late autumn, there are sure to be big and small, modest and most unassuming stars in it. And as soon as the garden kingdom is shackled by the first cold weather, we all begin to dream of a new beginning.
Even in the coldest season, they help to admire the beauty of garden flowers. dried flowers – a group of crops that perfectly retain the shape and color of inflorescences in winter bouquets. Even after prolonged drying, they look fresh and alive, a small piece of summer in the interior.
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A variety of dried flowers can satisfy even the most capricious florist today. Large and small-colored, colorful and pastel, touching or flashy flowers and inflorescences allow you to experiment with winter bouquets or revive the decor of rooms, bring the beauty and diversity of garden life into autumn or winter interiors.
Let’s take a closer look at the best dried flowers.
See the list of dried flowers for winter bouquets on the next page.
1. Gypsophila and other lace dried flowers
Gypsophila, also known as kachim in our country, is not only one of the most popular veiled garden plants, but also a wonderful dried flower. The snow-white lace of her inflorescences looks great in winter bouquets, giving them airiness, elegance and weightlessness. Gypsophila is mainly used as a background culture in floristry: it sets off the bright inflorescences of other plants, in particular, basket-type dried flowers.
In addition to ordinary gypsophila paniculata, original varieties are also used for cutting – terry form, pink “Flamingo”, dark pink gypsophila “Pink Star”, etc.
Growing conditions: for cutting, you need to plant gypsophila in sunny areas in nutritious, drained and calcareous loams and sandy loams.
Required care: watering during very long droughts is needed only for young plants, while adults do not water or feed; with aggressive growth, they are limited to pruning.
Cutting time: gypsophila blooms in July-August for almost a month and a half, her inflorescences with fully open flowers are cut off; cutting into bouquets can be carried out only from the third year of cultivation.
Drying features: without hanging, in vases or jars without water, where the gypsophila is placed until completely dry, in dry and light rooms.
Plants that look like gypsophila
Kermek – annuals and perennials with very dense scutes, panicles or spheres of inflorescences consisting of numerous spikelets. It seems thicker and brighter than gypsophila, and its color palette is wider – from white to pink, salmon, yellow, blue and lilac tones in the brightest variations.
Kermek also loves the sun and well-drained soil, but requires frequent feeding. The inflorescences are cut after the flowers have fully opened up to the very frost, but they are dried only in shade, in well-ventilated rooms, hanging the bundles with the stems up. Pink and salmon flowers fade in the sun, but yellow and blue (like white) perfectly retain their color even after years.
Yarrow ptarmica – the most popular type of garden yarrow for dry bouquets. It seems to be an enlarged copy of gypsophila: shining flowers seem to be a scattering of pearls on dense inflorescences. The sizes of individual flowers are larger than those of gypsophila (sometimes more than 1 cm), almost all modern varieties are double. It is also cut off after complete blooming.
See the continuation of the list of dried flowers for winter bouquets on the next page.