US (MD): Baltimore florists embrace arid new design trend

You know the old story. Shell out a bunch of money for a big, gorgeous bouquet of flowers. Take it home and the clock starts ticking. You have a few days. Maybe longer, if you can slice the stems right and remember to stir in the mysterious packet of plant food.

Fortunately for the cost-conscious consumer, low-maintenance, longer-lasting dried flowers are catching on. More fashionable (and natural) than silk flowers, they’re popular in bouquets and arrangements, either on their own or mixed in with fresh-cut blooms.

Alyssa Zygmunt, co-owner of The Greenhouse, began selling bouquets of what she calls “forever flowers” for Mother’s Day, even before opening her Falls Road shop next to Good Neighbor in August. She thinks that low-maintenance, long-lasting dried flowers are well suited to the tastes and needs of customers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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