Preserved and dried flowers have the advantage of being longer-lasting as compared to fresh, cut flowers. For this very reason, they are fast gaining popularity amongst gift-givers and even brides who choose to use preserved flowers for their wedding décor and bridal hand bouquet.
While the widespread acceptance of gifting preserved and dried blooms is more recent, the practice of giving flowers goes way back in history. To find out what flowers you are purchasing or gifting your loved ones, let's dive into an introduction to the most popular preserved and dried flowers used in floral arrangements today.
No bloom can topple the position of roses in the flower hierarchy. Well-loved in all forms, roses can be enjoyed fresh, dried, or preserved. Roses are best known for being a symbol of love, especially red roses. But you can also opt for roses of other hues to bring across different messages or create different looks.
Something most people may not realise is that roses come in many variants. Some are rarer, more difficult to cultivate, or are simply larger, contributing to a higher price for them. One of our favourites here at SJÖ Flora is the red rose, as seen on the Eternal preserved rose bouquet, which has more densely packed petals than the common rose varieties.
Probably the second most recognisable and popular flower is the sunflower, with its unmistakable bright yellow hue and large blooms. Sunflowers take their name from the way the flowers turn to face the sun. As Greek mythology goes, the sun god Apollo had a lover who was called Clytie. Although Clytie was eventually turned into a flower, she had so much love for Apollo that her gaze remained on him, turning to face him throughout the day – just like the sunflowers we know today.
While sunflowers can symbolise happiness and optimism, they can also be thought of as a symbol of welcoming new beginnings, just like the rising sun. As such, you will often find them in flower bouquets for graduation ceremonies in Singapore, like our New Chapter dried sunflower bouquet. But that’s not all – sunflowers are also a great expression for gratitude. Apart from graduation ceremonies, they make a suitable gift for teachers as a means to say our thanks to them, too.
Baby's breath is an all-time favourite filler flower, so much so that some bouquets solely consist of baby's breath. Akin to an airy cloud of blossoms, baby's breath is so versatile to use in any arrangement. In their preserved forms, baby's breath can also be dyed into vibrant colourways to achieve what we did with our Innocence rainbow bouquet.
In their natural state, the baby's breath is usually white or pink in colour. As such, they are commonly used to symbolise purity, chastity, and innocence. Despite their tiny and dainty looks, however, the stems of baby's breath are actually quite stiff and hardy, which is why they are relatively easy to dry and preserve.
These small, delicate blooms are another huge favourite for filler flowers, as seen in our Opulence grand opening flower stand, featuring preserved hydrangeas. In nature, most hydrangeas grow in a spherical cluster, leading some to say that they resemble a colony of small butterflies. An interesting fact about hydrangeas is that their colour changes depending on the acidity of the soil they are growing in. However, for preserved hydrangeas, you can find them in a myriad of colours.
While hydrangeas are not typically the main flowers in a bouquet, they can also symbolise gratitude, grace, and beauty. With its generous round shape and lavish number of flowers, it also radiates abundance. These days, however, most people simply use hydrangeas as a pretty addition to any flower arrangement.
Now that you have the names for these commonly seen flowers, it will make your life easier when searching for that perfect arrangement. If you have any specific type of flowers or arrangements you wish to have for your wedding or as a special gift, send it our way, and we will try our best to fulfil it.
As always, don't forget to place your orders early for preserved and dried flowers delivery in Singapore. For the loveliest blooms that will last you years, look no further than right here at SJÖ Flora!