|Hydrangea are a perfect choice for drying. Those big beautiful blooms will look wonderful in a big vase with autumn leaves.
Lots of flowers are good candidates for drying including hydrangea blossoms, globe amaranth, celosia, straw flowers and ornamental grasses.
Harvest them when they are dry in the morning but before noon when temperatures begin to get hot. With annual flowers, select those that are not fully open.
Once you cut the stems, strip all the leaves and remove any damaged parts of the flower. Store them in a dry, dark, warm place, preferably one with good air circulation.
Depending on the type of flower, it may take two to three weeks before they are completely dry. You can also hang them upside down to dry, or in a vase without water.
Once they dry completely, the blooms should last for years, although the colors will fade over time.