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The Easiest Dried Flowers

The Easiest Dried Flowers

How did hydrangeas in a vase win Michelle, editor of Gardenista, over? She looked at hers one day and realized they were 18 months old and none the worse for wear.

Nothing could be easier than drying hydrangeas. Here are two simple techniques—drying them in water or on the plant—that will produce excellent results:

Above: The petals of air-dried hydrangeas will be crinkly and brittle, but will hold their shape and texture indefinitely if you don’t pick at them. In the end, it was the dust that got Michelle‘s. Photograph by Mwy22 via Flickr.

Above: If you prefer your hydrangeas to be a dried version of the color they were when fresh, clip them while they’re in full bloom. Strip leaves and stick the stems in a vase of water. Then leave them alone. Forever. Photograph by Zsaj via Flickr.

Above: Or buy them. If you don’t have hydrangeas in your garden, a bunch of from three to six stems of Natural Dried Hydrangeas available in three colors is $11.95 from Flower Mart. Each flower has a 10-inch head on a 4-inch stem. Photograph by Akiko Seki.

For more ideas on drying flowers, see Design Sleuth: Dried Bouquets for the Winter Months.

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Gardenista is a one-stop sourcebook for cultivated living, a guide to outdoor design and gardening. Helmed by former New York Times columnist Michelle Slatalla, Gardenista features inspiration, garden visits, and advice for all things outdoor living, from patios and peonies, to tables and terraces. Gardens matter, and Gardenista celebrates tomatoes on the fire escape as much as rolling acres of green.


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4:51AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Thanks for sharing

7:26AM PST on Feb 5, 2013

it's easy to dry many flowers. i'll take any flower and try it. some whole and some pressed petals. on occasion they don't look great but usually they're pretty.

3:45PM PST on Feb 2, 2013

dust collectors

2:28AM PST on Feb 2, 2013


2:03PM PST on Jan 30, 2013

Thx for the info

12:11PM PST on Jan 30, 2013

I love hydrangeas!! What great tips for drying flowers.

11:49AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

pretty, thank you

9:08PM PST on Jan 29, 2013


6:34AM PST on Jan 29, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

5:18AM PST on Jan 29, 2013


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