We’ve been obsessed with dried flowers for a while now. It started when Mandy Moore walked down the aisle surrounded by pastel-dyed pampas grass at her boho-themed 2018 wedding, and since then they’ve become a mainstay in our home – and on our social media feeds.
With more than 2.5 million tags on Instagram, dried flowers are one of the most sought-after interior trends around. The likes of pampas and palm spears are two of the most popular, garnering around 460,000 and 19,500 tags respectively. From oversized pastel-hued blooms to whimsical posy bouquets, the bunches we’ve seen in recent months are varied in style, texture and colour – they’ve sure come a long way from the tired, dusty flowers you used to see at your grandparents’ house.
Effortlessly chic, they’re a maintenance-free alternative to fresh flowers, and look stylish almost anywhere in your home. Position a larger-than-average bunch on a designated spot on a sideboard or an assortment of dried grasses on your coffee table to update your interior aesthetic with minimal effort.
Couples are increasingly following in Moore’s footsteps and opting for dried blooms at weddings, too. Whether it’s a dainty set of wildflowers for walking down the aisle or fairy-tale inspired bouquets (think bleached lunaria, berries and bunny tails) for table centrepieces, they add a touch of vintage glamour to celebrations.
Even better, they can last for months – or even years, if you tend to them properly.
How do I look after dried flowers?
Just remember the golden rules: don’t water them and keep them out of direct sunlight. Although they’re designed to be long-lasting, dried flowers are fragile, so don’t move them around excessively. When cleaning, lightly dust them with a feather duster or use your hairdryer on a low, cool setting.
Although we’ve mostly picked out prearranged bouquets, some florists offer individual stems that you can arrange yourself. Pick up lavender and dried poppy heads to add a rustic feel to your bunches, or peacock feathers for an elegant, exotic vibe.
We’ve carefully curated the best luxury dried flowers out there – from pared-back, muted arrangements for an understated look, to big, bold bouquets for those who prefer to stand out – so you can refresh your home instantly.
Dried flowers: Lilac
Lilac Skies Dried Flowers, Large
Dried flowers: Pink
Pink Crush bouquet
Your London Florist
Adorned with bubblegum-pink pampas and lilac thistles, this pretty arrangement is part of Your London Florist’s collaboration with Selfridges.
A clever combination of fresh and dried flowers, we’d recommend you keep the dried stems and use them over again – or mix them with a different arrangement.
Despite their name, YLF delivers nationwide, so you can enjoy them whenever you’re based.
Dried flowers: Avant-garde
Gemstone dried bouquet with ceramic vase
Your London Florist
Arranged in three tiers, the varying heights showcase each individual stem in this YLF design (which includes a striking vase).
Layered with vibrant turquoise eucalyptus and lilac bunny tails, it’s quirkier than other dried flower options we’ve seen, so pick this for a conversation-starting (and Instagram-friendly!) arrangement.
Dried flowers: Burgundy
Dried Flower Bunch Red Velvet
With a rich colour palette of sophisticated burgundy pampas and cream amaranthus, the contrast of light and dark hues really makes this bunch pop.
This one is available in four different sizes: a larger bouquet would work beautifully as a table centrepiece, or pop a mini one in your home office.
London-based artisan gift shop Botanique Workshop has a large selection of other floral-inspired products, including flower press kits, greeting cards and candles.
Dried flowers: Letterbox flowers
Bloom and Wild
The original letterbox flower company, Bloom and Wild, has a lovely range of dried arrangements. Sunflowers, lavender and gypsophila stems fill out this beautiful wildflower bunch, which transport us back to summery country walks – very welcome in this cold snap!
Dried flowers: Pampas grass
Mayfair Pampas Grass Vase Set
Fashion’s go-to florist, Flowerbx, specialises in single-variety bouquets (it’s provided blooms for Burberry, Tom Ford and Michael Kors, among others). If you’re after elevated neutrals, our pick of the dried options is this classic natural pampas.
Choose from 20 or 40 tall stems, which you can buy with or without the vase.
Dried flowers: Rustic
Earth Premium Dried Flowers
We love this rustic-style bouquet from the John Lewis x Ixia Flowers collaboration. A great option for a pared back look, the light brown palm spears, bleached brooms and seed heads will work with any decor scheme.
Dried flowers: Pastel
Pastel Dried Mixed Flower Bouquet
Catkin and Pussywillow
Pastel tones and earthy hues don’t sound like a typical combination, but it works in this unusual floral design. Featuring dyed bunny tails, wild grasses, palm spears and pussywillow, there’s an option to add a vase with this one.
Winchester-based florist Catkin and Pussywillow also has a smaller version or a miniature jar duo in the same colours.
Dried flowers: Autumnal
Green and Red Eucalyptus Dried Bouquet
Although spring and warmer weather is approaching, we can’t resist autumnal hues – and this bunch is full of them. Bleached eucalyptus stems act as a backdrop to orange, yellow and soft pink stems. The effect really makes the colours stand out.
If you like this style, Anthropologie has some other similar bouquets.
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