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Suitable Flower Types
for Preserving

Flowers that press the best

Although there are plenty of flowers and plants that press well, here's a short list of the flowers that we've found to press the most successfully:

  • Alstromeria

  • Anemones

  • Astilbe

  • Astrantia

  • Baby’s Breath

  • Billy Balls

  • Blushing Bride Protea

  • Butterfly Ranunculus

  • Caspia

  • Clematis

  • Cosmos

  • Crocosmia

  • Dahlia

  • Daisy

  • Delphinium

  • Dusty Miller

  • Eucalyptus

  • Ferns

  • Freesias

  • Hellebores

  • Hydrangeas

  • Kangaroo paw

  • Lavender

  • Limonium

  • Lisisanthus

  • Mountain Mint

  • Pampas Grass

  • Phlox

  • Peonies

  • Poppies

  • Queen Annes Lace

  • Quick sand roses

  • Ranunculus

  • Rice Flower

  • Roses

  • Salvia

  • Scabiosa

  • Stocks

  • Sweet Peas

  • Spray Roses

  • Orlaya

  • Veronica

  • Yarrow

  • Wax flower

When preserving any flowers, the fresher the better!

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The fresher your flowers are when you send them in, the better.


With fresher flowers, there's less chance for browning and a higher chance of colour retention. Please note all white flowers have the highest chance of browning.

Arrangements of only one type or colour of flower are often less effective, so please send as much floral and foliage variety as you can.

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Flowers that don't press well

Unfortunately there are certain flowers that don't press as well with our traditional, hand-created methods. Any thicker flowers will also not fit in our thin frames.


Flower types that don't preserve well or at all include:

  • Calla lilies

  • Gerberas

  • Lilies

  • Protea

  • Tulips

  • Orchids

  • Tropical varieties

  • Succulents

  • Sunflowers (we can press the petals and recreate a sunflower without the centre)

  • Berries

We will use any artificial flowers included in your bouquet at our discretion, some we may be able to get flat enough to frame, but the majority will not. In this scenario we would send them back to you with your frame.

A note on colour change

It's important to keep in mind that due to the organic and natural process, flowers will not press out and retain colour exactly as they were when they were fresh.

Colour change is completely normal and unavoidable. Some flowers keep their vibrancy, some fade, and some change entirely. Brighter flowers tend to hold their colour better than pastels and pale shades but will usually always dry darker than they were fresh. White flowers are unlikely to stay true white, especially with white, it is important to receive these in the best quality possible to help preserve their colour.

However, even flowers that are typically reliable, will not press nicely if they are not in great shape.


All of the colours will eventually fade a bit over the years but that’s the beauty of it!

Colour change expectations


Below is a rough guide to the colour change you may see in your flowers when being preserved.


Light pink – light purple/cream

Toffee roses – darker brown

White flowers – creamy yellows

Red roses – dark red

Quicksand roses – dusty pink/purple

Orange – darker orange

Bright pink – Dark magenta/purple

Maroon – purple

Purple – dark purple/mauve

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