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Why buying dried flower that look dead is the latest interior trend

Traditionally, dried, browning flowers would be removed from a bouquet and tossed straight in the bin. 

But now interior design fans are paying a premium to display blooms that are technically past their prime at home. 

Dried flowers, also known as ‘everlastings’, have become a must-have with millennial Instagrammers and were even featured at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, where they took centre stage at the Parsley Box garden. 

The Daily Telegraph reported a surge in searches for the dried blooms on websites like Etsy, where they sell for up to £40 a stem. They are also available on the high street at stores including H&M and Zara Home. 

Speaking to FEMAIL, Sandra Varley, of Flying Flowers, explained the spike in popularity is due to the flowers being low maintenance, as well as incredibly trendy.

Dried flowers, also known as ‘everlastings’, have become a must-have with millennial Instagrammers and were even featured at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, where they took centre stage at the Parsley Box garden. Pictured: A model wears a collar made of dried flowers at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show in London 

The trend has reached Spain, where in Alicante, florist Floristeria Margaritathe sells bunches of dried flowers in neutral tones just like this one for up to £55.9 (65euros)

The trend has reached Spain, where in Alicante, florist Floristeria Margaritathe sells bunches of dried flowers in neutral tones just like this one for up to £55.9 (65euros) 

Florist Gypsy_Dreams, in Hastings, Essex, sell impressive bunches of dried flowers and wall hangers for £22.50

Florist Gypsy_Dreams, in Hastings, Essex, sell impressive bunches of dried flowers and wall hangers for £22.50

Traditionally, the phrase ‘dried flowers’ evokes images of brown, disintegrating bunches stuffed in vases and forgotten in a corner. 

But this year, British florist are adding pops of colour by adding flowers that are slightly droopy or on their way out and making them fashionable.  

Pampas and wheatgrass make some of the most popular picks – and tasteful high street furniture stores like H&M, Zara Home and more have relied on such plant to advertise their autumn lines. 

‘Over the last couple of years we’ve seen a huge increase in demand for dried flowers and grasses,’ Sandra said. 

In South Wales, florists  Wild Meadw Flora are organising workshops on flower preservation and dry flower compositions as well as how to create autumn wreaths, pictured

In South Wales, florists  Wild Meadw Flora are organising workshops on flower preservation and dry flower compositions as well as how to create autumn wreaths, pictured 

‘They’ve become popular with both flower fans and those with a passion for interiors. 

‘One reason is due to their durability and extended life span. Dried flowers if taken care of properly can last for years making them a great option for those who prefer low maintenance option 

‘To look after them simply keep them dry, out of direct sunlight and dust-free.’

She added that plants like pampas had become especially popular on social media.  

‘Thanks to Instagram grasses like pampas grass, in particular, have become extremely popular due to their neutral aesthetic and decorative appeal,’ she said. 

‘In recent months coloured grasses such as purple and pink have begun to emerge as many of us look for more ways to incorporate them into our homes.’

Dried flower and pampas took centre stage at this year's Chelsea Flower Show. Pictured: A Royal Horticultural Society sculpture covered in flowers at the show

Dried flower and pampas took centre stage at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. Pictured: A Royal Horticultural Society sculpture covered in flowers at the show

The dried flower trend has reached H&M who used dried flower to market their new line of vases, pictured

The dried flower trend has reached H&M who used dried flower to market their new line of vases, pictured 

How to make your own dried flower bouquet 

It is easy to make your own bouquet of everlasting. Sandra recommended three methods: 

Air drying consist of hanging the flowers straight by the stem in a dark room, and can take up to three weeks for perfect results.   

She said you can speed the process by using silica to dry out the stems and flowers faster. 

One novel way of drying the stems is to blast them in the microwave. 

‘If you’re looking for something more unique try including dried lavender, statice or spray roses in bouquets which can be found at most local florists.’ 

There was a 261 per cent increase in searches for dried flowers on popular artisanal sites like Etsy, which also recorded a 383 per cent year on year spike in searches for dried flower wreaths.

The trend has swept other countries as well, with florist in Canada, Spain and even India crafting party favours and composition out of everlasting flowers. 

‘Dried flowers often last months, if not years, and this is appealing, particularly to more conscious younger generations,’ said Bex Partridge, who wrote Everlastings, a book dedicated to dried flowers. 

‘A vase of dried flowers brings extra movement and texture to a room and invites nature in as we move to the darker months.

‘Structural seed heads and grasses offer something for those who are looking for a contemporary look, and branches of beech and acer can be cut and laid to dry in sheets of cardboard to flatten out their leaves.’ 

Pictured: In Sheldon, Derbyshire, artisanal florist JackDaw Finds harvested wheatgrass mixed with preserved sunflowers and other wild flower give this arrangement a rustic feel

Pictured: In Sheldon, Derbyshire, artisanal florist JackDaw Finds harvested wheatgrass mixed with preserved sunflowers and other wild flower give this arrangement a rustic feel  

At this year Chelsea Flower Show, designers turned to dry flowers to celebrate autumn as the event was exceptionally held in September instead of Spring

At this year Chelsea Flower Show, designers turned to dry flowers to celebrate autumn as the event was exceptionally held in September instead of Spring

The trend has even reached Canada, where florist Boho Montreal are selling sage and eucalyptus bundles for CA$68 (£39.7) on Etsy, pictured

The trend has even reached Canada, where florist Boho Montreal are selling sage and eucalyptus bundles for CA$68 (£39.7) on Etsy, pictured

Florists like From Rainbows in Manchester are putting together compositions of dried flowers worth £44, which are the latest interior trends this autumn

Florists like From Rainbows in Manchester are putting together compositions of dried flowers worth £44, which are the latest interior trends this autumn 

British homeowner are turning to pampas to decorate their home, as the low maintenance plant can be left alone for months

British homeowner are turning to pampas to decorate their home, as the low maintenance plant can be left alone for months 

The dry flower confection seduces with its neutral tones, which go with just about any interior design style. Specialised florist The Dry Decor, who only work with dry flowers, sell hand-tied bouquets from £22.50, and craft bespoke compositions as well, pictured

The dry flower confection seduces with its neutral tones, which go with just about any interior design style. Specialised florist The Dry Decor, who only work with dry flowers, sell hand-tied bouquets from £22.50, and craft bespoke compositions as well, pictured

On Etsy, florist are crafting bouquets and decoration using dried flowers, pictured. It was reported that there has been a 261 per cent surge in searches for dried flower on the site this year

On Etsy, florist are crafting bouquets and decoration using dried flowers, pictured. It was reported that there has been a 261 per cent surge in searches for dried flower on the site this year 

Oval Designer, a cake-topper maker from Ellesmere Port, has also hopped on the bandwagon and starting crafting bouquets with pampas. Pampas and wheatgrass are two popular picks this autumn, and are paired with more flamboyant colours, like orange and purple, pictured

Oval Designer, a cake-topper maker from Ellesmere Port, has also hopped on the bandwagon and starting crafting bouquets with pampas. Pampas and wheatgrass are two popular picks this autumn, and are paired with more flamboyant colours, like orange and purple, pictured

While dried flower are often synonymous with brown tones, florist have found ways to add pops of colour with wilting flowers. Pictured: a £37 bouquet sold by From Rainbows in Manchester

While dried flower are often synonymous with brown tones, florist have found ways to add pops of colour with wilting flowers. Pictured: a £37 bouquet sold by From Rainbows in Manchester 

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