How to Dry Popular Flowers

Use these tips to keep your garden "alive" long after the flowers have stopped blooming.

Dried floral arrangements add beauty and keep the memory of your garden alive year-round. Here are some secrets for drying your favorite flowers. Keep in mind that most flowers continue to mature during the drying process; the trick is to pick flowers that haven't fully bloomed. Also, since humidity levels vary from region to region, drying times may vary as well.

Lavender

Lemonade stand upgrade

Lemonade stand upgrade

Lavender takes plain lemonade to new heights.You will need: 2 cups boiling water/ 1 cup sugar/ 1.5 tablespoons dried lavender (or a handful of fresh)/ 1.5 cups fresh lemon juice (about 10)/ 2.5 cups cold water/ ice/ lemons and lavender for garnish

Photo by: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo by Sam Henderson

Pick lavender when the bottom flowers are just beginning to open. Air-dry the flowers in an empty vase for three to four days.

Pansies

Gather Your Blooms

Gather Your Blooms

Pick your flowers and pat them dry with a paper towel.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

Since these delicate blooms tend to curl, it's best to dry pansies in a flower press for four to five days.

Learn More: How to Press Pansies

Hydrangeas

Dried Hydrangeas for Fall Decor

Dried Hydrangeas for Fall Decor

Fresh flowers are beautiful but they can be expensive and need to be replaced every few days. Late-summer hydrangea blooms can be dried and used throughout the fall season and beyond.

Pick these flowers after the first frost and air-dry them upside down. Another option: Put stems in a small amount of water and place the container in a cool, dark spot until the flowers have dried naturally.

Roses

Dried Flowers on Window Shutter Centerpiece

Dried Flowers on Window Shutter Centerpiece

To keep the shape of a rose, it's best to dry it in silica powder. You can also air-dry roses in bloom by hanging them upside down in a dark room for as long as 10 days.

Sunflowers

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

Choose smaller flowers when drying sunflowers. Air-dry the stalks upside down in a warm, dry space for five days. The warmer the area, the better the sunflowers will dry.

Globe amaranth

Photo by: iStock/Harnnarong

iStock/Harnnarong

Globe amaranth comes in seven colors and dries remarkably well, keeping its color for years. Pick this flower at its prime and air-dry it upside down.

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