Fresh flowers are iconic, but let’s face it: they’re primed for the trash in five days or less. Dried flowers, on the other hand, are incredibly low-maintenance and last for ages. Plus, unlike faux flowers, they’re technically real (albeit dead) and therefore don’t boast those egregiously fake-looking petals, branches, and leaves that always look better online.
What’s more, the preserved botanical world is vast — you can shop dried grasses, stems, branches, annuals, wreaths, and the like online. All varietals make for a great gift or pick-me-up — who doesn’t love a dried bouquet that doubles as long term decor?
While Havenly designer Melissa Wagner does mention that dried florals should be kept out of direct sunlight and can suffer fading and crumbling over time, they’re still a sustainable, long-term option compared to fresh-cut flowers.
On board with the dried flower arrangement trend? Shop Wagner’s 10 favorite selects:
1. CB2 Black Brutalist Vase Dried Floral Arrangement
Nestled in the brand’s brutalist vase designed by Leanne Ford, this dried flower arrangement from CB2 is soft, pretty, and timeless. Plus, it features a subtle pop of Spilled Wine — our 2022 color of the year.
2. West Elm Safflower Thistle Bouquet
Featuring dried eucalyptus, mustard seed, safflower, and thistle, this dried and preserved arrangement from West Elm will add a whimsical touch to any living space.
3. Anthropologie Gather Dried Bouquet
This Anthropologie dried flower arrangement is Melissa’s pick for a “sultry” moment, and we have to agree. With dried and preserved globe thistle, straw flowers, millet, coxcomb, and ruscus in a deep purple hue, it’s a great choice for late summer and fall.
4. Anthropologie Affirmation Bouquet
It’s easy to say yes to Anthropologie’s Affirmation bouquet. With natural dried sudangrass, strawflowers, and willow twigs, it’s basically modern cottage perfection. It’s also available in grey and purple to match a range of color palettes.
5. Crate and Barrel Dried Magnolia Leaf Bunch
Calling all minimalists: Crate & Barrel’s magnolia leaf bunch is the perfect foray into the world of dried floral arrangements. Use them as a starting point for a larger dried bouquet, or let them shine as-is in an oversized glass vase.
6. Anthropologie Dried Banksia
For a unique take on the dried flower arrangement trend, consider this pair of pink banksia from Anthropologie. Pair them with eucalyptus or bunny tails for a larger bouquet, or let this set shine in a cute bud vase or two.
7. Crate and Barrel Natural Dried Grass Bouquet
Crate and Barrel’s dried grass bouquet will look right at home in any warm minimalist, desert modern, or modern cottage space. With pale green palm spears, fluffy bunny tail grass, and warm-hued sorghum and rye, it’s vase-ready and *so* cute.
8. West Elm Fox and Fodder Bouquet
Perfect for late summer and fall, this warm, autumnal dried floral arrangement from West Elm is wild, unkempt perfection. It would look perfect as a dining table centerpiece on Thanksgiving.
9. West Elm Dried Celosia
Soft, feminine, and romantic, this celosia dried flower arrangement is perfectly pretty. If your style is best described as whimsical cottagecore, your search for the perfect dried bouquet ends here.
10. Crate and Barrel Leanne Ford April Silver Queen Dried Bouquet
Anything designer Leanne Ford touches is gold, including this April Silver Queen floral arrangement. With a neutral color scheme and a natural, fresh-from-the-field silhouette, this bouquet is gorgeous yet unassuming.
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