Drying everlasting flowers preserves the garden's summer beauty for winter enjoyment. These flowers, when picked in their prime, keep an original look after drying without the aid of chemical desiccants or silica sand. They are some of the easiest blooms to dry by hanging stems upside down or placing flower heads on mesh screens.
The popular everlasting flowers of the early nineties are making a comeback for their longevity and lasting beauty. Just last week a friend confessed that she continues to enjoy a dried-flower wreath I made for her twenty years ago. She occasionally blows off the dust with a hair dryer, and says that "she cannot bring herself to part with it." This is a testament to the endurance and luster of everlasting flowers as keepsakes.
Here are some of my favorite everlastings (pictured above). Perhaps you will be inspired to include a few of these flowers in your garden next spring. Most of them are available as seeds or starts at local greenhouses. I suggest starting plants indoors to maximize their growing season and to assure a good harvest.
Annual Everlastings to Plant Every Year
Strawflowers ~ White Statice ~ Pink Gomphrena ~ Cockscomb
Perennial Everlastings that Return Every Spring
Lavender ~ Roses ~ Hops
As a final note, I included a non-flower (shown in the above photo) in my list of favorite everlastings. It is the white pod of garlic scapes. These papery pods resemble flowers when lifted from the garlic seed head in late spring. They are very sturdy and can be used as flowers in wreaths or arrangements to add a delightful contrast of texture and color. Stay tuned for this week's Floral Accent Post.
Everlastings are a reminder of summer's past and a promise of spring to come.