In gardening, as in art, beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and of course, colors. “It’s October and it’s time to embrace the idea that brown is a color,” says Susanne Kongoy of GRDN, a wonderful flower shop in Brooklyn. Lots of folks seem to forget that nature produces beauty in a multitude of ways; brown, dried arrangements are just as whimsical and lovely as fresh cut flower bouquets when displayed properly.
Florist and avid urban gardener Susanne Kongoy certainly thinks so, which is why she has recently filled her Brooklyn shop with bunches and bunches of lovely dried flowers in honor of the unsung winter beauties. Kongoy wants to showcase how these delicate winter arrangements are able evoke a muted, understated elegance that noisy summer blossoms can’t quite harness.
Many farmer’s markets sell bouquets of dried brown and faded pastel flowers this time of year, which is where I’ve found my own in the past. You can also head over to GRDN to find a delicate, pretty arrangement to decorate your apartment with, as well as other flower shops that have embraced the trend in dried flowers.
If you want to make your own arrangements at home, some flowers and plants that look especially pretty include lotus pods, roses, bunches of hydrangea, anise hyssop, mountain mint, and yellow solidago. You can virtually dry any flower you like, but mixing delicate blossoms with sturdy pod-like plants creates a great arrangement. The best part about dried flower arrangements is that they are incredibly low maintenance. You’ll never have to tend to them once you’ve found a space for them in your home.
What do you think about dried flower bouquets? Will you be showcasing any in your home this winter?