Plants I Use for Dried Flower Heads

Dried Flower heads are an ornamental highlight to my landscape. I grow a mix of perennials, grasses, and shrubs that I don’t cut back after the flowers are spent. Read on to learn about the plants I use for dried flower heads.

Hydrangea arborescens in Summer and Winter

Hydrangea arborescens is a native plant, commonly known as Smooth Hydrangea. Cultivars, such as ‘Annabelle’, provide large white blooms in the Summer, which I keep as lovely dried flowers throughout the Fall and Winter. They stand out when combined with large evergreens, especially after it snows.

Echinacea purpurea in Summer and WinterEchinacea In Summer & Winter

Echinacea purpurea is another native plant that I leave the seed heads up over the Fall and Winter. Gold finches feed on the seeds and I collect them to disperse elsewhere in my garden. They look particularly interesting combined with ornamental grasses after a frost
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