So this is my first attempt to create a dried flower arrangement using the 'fruits' of my tiny backyard. Our guest bathroom was missing something - it's a green and brown palette - and I thought a dried arrangement would be a good fit.
I started with just a few stalks of the Karl Foerster feather reed grass (I want to type Karl Forrester so bad but I know it's Foerster). I'm going to try to tag each of my plants as keywords like this: [Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster']. The feather reed grass by itself was pretty weak, so I added a couple dried hydrangea [Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'].
|Dried Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' feather reed grass|
|Dried Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'|
I bought a Hardy Pampas Grass [Erianthus ravennae] on sale at Lowe's this Fall, and it only had 2 fruiting stalks of feathery seeds. I was debating leaving them up all winter, but I decided to chop them down and use them in the arrangement as well. These things are BIG so it added some much needed vertical height.
|Dried Erianthus ravennae 'Hardy Pampas Grass'|
Any tips? I think next time I will try a larger vase, and more hydrangea to create different vertical layers instead of just a few things at the base and two giant vertical stalks. Not bad for a first try!