Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
Herbs are versatile enough to use as everlastings in floral designs.
These can be used to create any number of items, which can be used for home décor during the autumn and winter months. They also make wonderful Christmas gifts.
Why not make a wreath using dried herbs? For this, you can use culinary or ornamental species. Examples might include bay laurel, chili peppers, lavender, and oregano. For a touch of color, add some dried herb flowers, such as yarrow. Yellow and pink ones seem to make a nice combination. Other kinds of everlastings can be added to the wreath for a festive touch. For seasonal interest, you can create swags using the same techniques.
Though it may sound odd, those interested in herbs consider roses to be an herb. The reason for this is historical. Traditionally, roses were included in herb gardens because the flowers were used for various medicinal and culinary purposes. This tradition gives us another reason to use roses in displays, including potpourri.
Rose petals are a wonderful choice for potpourri because they add beautiful colors as well as fragrance. Potpourri can be displayed throughout the house wherever a touch of color is needed. Generally, these are more commonly seen in bathrooms where they lend a nice scent.
We may be more accustomed to using fresh roses for cut flowers. But, roses are really more versatile than that. Rose petals, either fresh or dried, are very useful for all sorts of displays. In addition, dried rose petals and rose buds are a special kind of everlasting. These are wonderful for adding a decorative touch to items in the home. Examples would include picture frames, mirrors, and other home accessories.
Dried rose petals can be displayed in other ways too. I like to show them off in clear glass containers. I add the petals one layer at a time, alternating colors. Choose colors that are compatible with your home décor. For a richer looking display, I like to use at least three colors or shades.