Dried flowers are having a moment, seen in vast displays in hotels such as Heckfield Place, The Newt and Birch. The wonderful thing about them is that they can be displayed throughout the year and added to whenever you find an additional foraged stem that suits.
That said, it’s important to note that dried stems are very delicate and are also prone to getting dusty. This can be avoided by holding a hairdryer on its lowest setting about 25 centimetres from the flowers, once a week or so. Some specialist dried-flower florists offer a reconditioning service and can work on existing pieces for you.
In terms of colour, dried wreaths are generally more muted than the traditional ones and feel calmer, less opulent, more homespun, homely and handmade. But this doesn’t mean you’re stuck with brown – a sumptuous array of reds, yellows, golds, dark greens, browns and burnt orange can contrast with white or cream.
To make a wreath, start with a metal frame or twine base and add a foundation of dried eucalyptus – some varieties dry a gorgeous pinky-grey tone – or another dried foliage like ruscus.
Then, the accents are where you can be most creative, adding and building details. It’s a little like putting the jewels into the setting of a crown. Mix in things such as honesty and dried berries, as its important to contrast shapes and texture and also balance colour. Make a feature of the string or ribbon you’re using by choosing one in a brighter hue, which will lift the whole wreath.
Angela Maynard is the founder of Botany. Find more inspiration at botanyshop.co.uk