Flowers

A florist's guide to dried and preserved flowers, foliage & grasses

Written by Rona Wheeldon
April 17, 2019

Dried flowers and foliage - a trend which has well and truly gone full circle! And it's the focus of this month's report...

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dried White Helichrysum At Porters Foliage Hero Image

You may have seen me mention in The Hottest Trends for 2019 Report that dried flowers are making a massive comeback! Well, it turns out that preserved flowers, dried foliage and dried grasses are very much 'en vogue' at the moment too. Read on to discover more...

Background

From as far back as the Victorian era (and apparently even Ancient Egypt!), flowers were dried as a way of preserving them to create flower arrangements. This trend was re-introduced in the 1950s, returned in the 1970s/80s and now yet again, it's having a renaissance.

A huge benefit of using dried and preserved materials is that you can create long-lasting designs. So they're perfect for public and retail spaces where a permanent display is required. And perhaps, one of the most well-known dried flowers, pictured above, is Helichrysum, which is also known as strawflower or everlasting flower.

When it comes to wedding designs, there are advantages to both the florist and bride for using dried flowers. The arrangements can be made well in advance, as there's no fear of the flowers wilting. Plus the bridal bouquet will last a long time and serve as a special memory of the day.

Not only are dried materials currently being used on their own in arrangements, but also combined with fresh flowers and foliage. Just a word of caution though, always handle dried flowers carefully as they can be delicate and sometimes brittle.

Foliage wise, bleached ruscus is suddenly taking off. Check out these posts on Instagram for ideas of how to incorporate it into designs.

On the grasses front, for the last few years, there's been a resurgence in the use of pampas grass for large scale arrangements. And other grasses too are now increasing in popularity. If you missed it first time round, do have a read of our special report about grasses, which features both fresh and dried.

Supplier-wise at the Flower Market, the majority of the dried and preserved flowers, foliage and grasses in this report are available at Porters Foliage. However, some of the other traders may also be able to source dried elements for you.

Types

FLOWERS

HELICHRYSUM - STEMS

Yellow

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dried Yellow Helichrysum

Orange

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dried Orange Helichrysum At Porters Foliage

HELICHRYSUM - FLOWER HEADS

Yellow

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dried Yellow Helichrysum Flower Heads At Porters Foliag

Red

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dried Red Helichrysum Flower Heads At Porters Foliage

LAVENDER

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dried Lavender At Porters Foliage

STATICE

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dried Purple Statice At Porters Foliage

SPRAY ROSES

White

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dried Natural Spray Roses At Porters Foliage

Pink

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dried Pink Spray Roses At Porters Foliage

Peach

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dried Peach Spray Roses At Porters Foliage

BIDENS

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dried Bidens At Porters Foliage

PROTEA

Protea Pendula

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dried Protea Pendula At Porters Foliage

Protea Compacta

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dried Protea Compacta At Porters Foliage

Flat Protea

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dried Flat Protea At Porters Foliage

SANFORDII

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dried Sanfordii At Porters Foliage

STIRLINGIA

Red

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dyed Red Stirlingia At Porters Foliage

NIGELLA

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dried Nigella Seed Heads At Porters Foliage

BROOM

Bleached

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Preserved Bleached Broom At Porters Foliage

TEASELS

Bleached

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Bleached Teasels At Porters Foliage 21

FOLIAGE

RUSCUS

Bleached

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Preserved Bleached Ruscus At Porters Foliage

Lilac

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Preserved Lilac Ruscus At Porters Foliage

Cerise Pink

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Preserved Cerise Pink Ruscus At Porters Foliage

Red

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Preserved Red Ruscus At Porters Foliage

Dark Green

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Preserved Dark Green Ruscus At Porters Foliage

Peach

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Preserved Peach Ruscus At Porters Foliage

GRASSES

WHEAT

Natural Bearded

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dried Wheat At Zest Flowers

Bleached Bearded

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Bleached Bearded Wheat At Porters Foliage

Red Bearded

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Preserved Red Bearded Wheat At Porters Foliage

PHALARIS

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Phalaris At Porters Foliage

PAMPAS GRASS

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 A Florists Guide To Dried Flowers And Grasses Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Pampas Grass At Porters Foliage 21

Also look out for Rodanthe, Lunaria, Scabious seed heads, dried oats, barley and hops...

DESIGN INSPIRATION

Dried flowers have certainly dusted off their old-fashioned reputation. They may not have the movement and suppleness of fresh blooms, but they're becoming more and more popular, not only for weddings but home decor too.

As you'll see from the images below, dried and preserved flowers, foliage and grasses are very versatile. You can use them to create everything from flower crowns, earrings, hair accessories, bridal bouquets and hanging installations to buttonholes, vase arrangements, chandeliers, wall hangings, corsages, wreaths and flower domes! Scroll down for lots of beautiful inspiration...

Bouquet by Grace & Thorn

Dried Flower Chandelier by Kitten Grayson Flowers

Mini Dried Flower Arrangement by Harriet Parry

Door Wreath by JamJar Flowers

Hanging Installation by Rebecca Louise Law

Dried Flower Domes by Indeco Flowers

Dried Flower Hair Accessories by Botanique Workshop

Cloud Design by JamJar Flowers

Giant Wedding Ceremony Rings by All for Love

Pedestal Design by Hiding in the City

Wall Hanging by Grace & Thorn

Hanging Installation by All for Love

Your Designs

(Source: Lush Petals)

(Source: Lush Petals)

(Source: Lush Petals)

(Source: Flower & Land & Juniperu Flowers)

(Source: Flower & Land & Juniperu Flowers)

(Source: Flower & Land & Juniperu Flowers)

(Source: Urban Flowers)

We'd love to see photos of designs that you've made using dried and preserved flowers, foliage and grasses from New Covent Garden Market. Simply send an email to hello@cgma.co.uk, stating your company name and website address. Or if you prefer, you could post your photo on Instagram or Twitter and tag us with @MarketFlowers. We'll then upload your photos into this section.

I hope you've enjoyed reading this month's florist's guide. Please do ask away below if you have any questions or would like to make any general comments. As always, we'd love to hear from you...

P.S. If you'd like some more beautiful dried flowers and grasses inspiration, do check out Atelier Prairies's incredible Instagram account.

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