The Everlasting Garden
Many flowers have everlasting features – their stems, leaves or seed heads often persist well after the plant itself has died; but some are so striking they are specially grown for indoor decoration.
Grasses: until recently, only a fewwere grown widely for decorative purposes. The maize is the largest. Buy a variety with multicoloured cobs. Grasses should be sown in boxes and transplanted, otherwise they may be pulled up mistakenly for weeds.
Shrubs: we illustrategallica versicolor which has attractive hips that last a long time. The enormous beige mops of the dead hydrangea flowers last indefinitely indoors. Large : the foxglove, the and so forth. Their tall spires will last a long time indoors. Acanthus mollis, bear’s breeches, is a handsome plant whose statuesque flower heads look everlasting even when alive. The achilleas, yarrows, have flattish panicle heads composed of many flowers. The heads can be left or dyed. Some of the Erygiums, sea hollies, are , others medium-sized. Their dried, prickly appearance is most distinctive.
Small herbaceous plants: Stage 13. Alchemillas, Lady’s mantles, are a favourite of the indoor floral arranger. The limoniums, sea lavenders, known as statice, are frequently dyed, though there is a wide natural colour range. Nearly all the provide decora-tive seed heads. Catananche should be planted in a sunny position.has already been lauded in
Annuals: the helichysums are the true everlasting flowers, which if cut just at full flower and hung head down to dry, will retain much of their original and various colours. Nigella,, is an example of an annual with bizarre dried seed heads. Moluccella, Irish bells, is related to the nettle. The whole plant can be cut and dried.