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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Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

Thanks for sharing

Les M.
Les M.2 years ago

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.

Terry V.
Terry V.2 years ago

dust collectors

Nimue Pendragon
Nimue Pendragon2 years ago


Wim Zunnebeld
Wim Zunnebeld2 years ago

Thx for the info

Tamara r Pearlman

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

Cindy Rhodes
Cindy Rhodes2 years ago

pretty, thank you

Nirvana Jaganath
Nirvana Jaganath2 years ago


Christine W.
Christine W.2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Ro H.
Ro H.2 years ago