Everything you need to know about pampas grass

We’ve seen a huge demand for dried pampas grass since we opened our stores in 2020, and for good reason. Love it or hate it, dried pampas is incredibly versatile when it comes to home decor and interior styling. 

There’s also plenty of choice when it comes to picking up a bunch of dried pampas grass, from natural ecru hues to dyed sunburst orange and vivid reds. Extra fluffy, short or tall, pampas grass has become a styling staple in the home, and we want to take you through everything you need to know about this trendy dried flower. And yes, we’ll touch on the swinging. Read on. 

WHICH TYPE OF PAMPAS GRASS IS BEST FOR YOU?

One of our favourite things to do at Blume is to help our clients find the perfect flower. Remember, we would love to welcome you in store if seeing our products up close (turns out stroking the grass is quite popular) and having us talk you through each type will help you make your decision. To help you on your way, these are grasses Blume loves and why.

BEST FOR… MAXIMUM IMPACT

The most popular of pampas grasses, these extra fluffy stems are perfect for standalone displays. Their height and spread means just five or six of these stems will make a huge impact and they are at their very best when commanding a corner of floorspace. 

BEST FOR… NATURAL TONES

These slim and silky pampas stems are ideal additions to a creamy white dried flower arrangement to create a natural bouquet. The most versatile in size and colour, they truly will go with anything. 

BEST FOR… A SPLASH OF COLOUR

To really pack a colourful punch these pampas grass stems can provide the focal point to a white or neutral dried flower bouquet, or displayed alone in a tall, slim vase they can add a splash of colour on a desk to brighten an uninspiring work environment. 

BEST FOR… MINIMALISTS

Trying to find something for a friend who isn’t super enthusiastic about fussy floral bouquets? Try this very simple dried pampas grass - natural in colour, not too sprawling and will happily sit in any height or style vase. There isn’t anything they won’t love. 

BEST FOR… WINTERY TONES

This gorgeous deep orange creates a luxurious, autumn/winter feel. Paired with other deep coloured dried flowers, this pampas grass is a delight to have on display throughout the dark and cold winter months.   

BEST FOR… SUMMERY DISPLAYS

Perhaps the perfect gift for a summer BBQ or garden party host, this pampas grass looks great when gently ruffled by a light summer breeze. Given its height, it can either command attention at the centre of a table setting or add interest to an outdoor space when displayed on a low side table or on the ground. 

WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME OF YEAR TO BUY PAMPAS GRASS?

Pampas grass is in season - and crucially, at its most fluffy - in November. 

It can be bought throughout the year but during summer time the variety of pampas available is more limited and is at its least fluffy.

HOW LONG DOES DRIED PAMPAS GRASS LAST?

This is the best part. Dried pampas grass can, and should, last for around 3 to 4 years. Or longer! 

This makes it incredibly cost effective and kinder to the environment than faux foliage, since it is completely natural. 

HOW CAN I LOOK AFTER MY DRIED PAMPAS GRASS?

  • Ideally keep your pampas grass out of direct sunlight to ensure the pigment does not fade
  • Try to keep it away from a radiator, as too much heat will over dry it
  • Apply a light mist of hairspray every few months in order to stop it shedding
  • This might be obvious - but for avoidance of doubt - you do not need to put water in the vase!

    HOW DO I MAKE MY DRIED PAMPAS GRASS FLUFFY?

    • Literally, fluff it up, as you would your hair the day after a fancy blow-dry
    • Using a hairdryer, gently blow hot air towards the grass on a low heat setting for a couple of minutes
    • Gently shake the pampas grass every six months to get rid of any dust (which might be weighing it down)
    • If you’ve tried all of these tips and it still droops or sheds, it’s likely time to replace it

      HOW DO YOU STYLE DRIED PAMPAS GRASS?

      Styling pampas grass is so simple. With a wonderful range of textures, tones and heights to play with, you cannot go wrong when it comes to displaying your dried pampas grass. Here’s how we do it at Blume. 

      First, our founder Elspeth suggests you ask yourself a few key questions: 

      • Where is it going - a particular area of a room or is this for a specific event?
      • Which colours do you like - a natural, earthy look or colourful and eye-catching?
      • What type of vase will it go in - tall, short, statement, minimal? 

        TOTALLY SOLO 

        As already mentioned, pampas grass looks great when displayed alone. So don’t be afraid to just get started with a few large extra fluffy natural stems in a vase you already own. Don’t worry about height, it is very easy to cut down the stems to suit your needs. 

        ALL WHITE 

        Dried White Flower Bouquet

        For an all white and creamy colour combination, simply add dried white ruscus and dried white broom. 

        BRIGHT PINK 

        Pink dried flower bouquet

        A pink bouquet with the wow factor. Combine natural pampas grass with dried pink broom, dried white ruscus and dried hot pink bunny tails. 

        DUSTY PALE PINK 

        Soft pink dried flower bouquet

        A low-key bouquet can be created using tall dried pampas grass stems with small fluffy pampas bunches in pink, alongside dried white ruscus and gorgeous eucalyptus to add a hint of green.
         

        SOFT YELLOW 

        soft yellow flower bouquet

        The range of textures packed into this delightful bunch is so easy to replicate. Pull together dried small white fluffy pampas alongside dried white speckled broom. The perfect finish to this look is dried yellow bougainvillea for an extra crunch. For added silkiness, add a couple of stems of dried apricot bunny tails. 

        LUXURIOUS BURGUNDY 

        burgundy dried flower bouquet

        A stunning and luxurious bouquet, perfect for a hard to please friend (!) can be simply created using dried burgundy thistle and dried burgundy pampas. 

        VAMPY AND RUSTY

        dried flower installation

        For an awesome event display, styling dried earthy and rusty coloured pampas alongside other autumnal dried flowers works beautifully. The range of textures and tones hanging from the wall creates a rustic and unfussy dressing for a large room.   

        FRESH AND DRIED 

        Dried and fresh flower display

        Stylingpampas grass as the canvas for fresh flowers works a total treat. The mix of textures creates interesting layers and adds volume to a delicate floral bouquet. 

        HOW TO STYLE YOUR PAMPAS GRASS IN A VASE?

        Of course, display and colour coordination for floral arrangements is all about personal preference. But right now there is a gorgeous trend of displaying long natural dried pampas stems in recycled, round vases. Our recycled floral vase is a perfect example of this.  

        The effect it gives is natural, clean and minimal: a perfect styling choice to compliment the ever-so-popular interior scandal trends. 
        The beauty of dried pampas grass though lays in the variety of colours. Consider the same concept as above but instead replace natural long stems with a deep burgundy bunch and an elegant tall white vase. Immediately you have graduated from minimal to opulent.   

         

        Dried pampas grass suit vases that ultimately work to the length of stem you choose, as well as the colour of the pampas itself. As a rule, the vase should hide the majority of the stem, and either elegantly compliment the colour or completely contrast it. We have a beautiful range of vases perfect for styling your pampas. 

        Watch our founder Elspeth demonstrate how to style pampas grass:

        HOW DO YOU DRY YOUR OWN PAMPAS GRASS?

        Despite once being known as ‘swingers grass’, literally having it planted outside your house was supposed to be a not-so-secret signal for swingers, it is now considered lucky to have pampas grass growing in your perimeter borders. So if you do, here is how to make the most of it. 

        • It is a hard grass to cut so use some strong shears!
        • Cut it as close to the base as you can, you can always trim it to size later
        • It is best to cut your pampas grass in late summer / early autumn
        • Tie your grass with a rubber band to bundle the stems together then hang upside down, and leave in a dark, warm and dry place for two weeks
        • Once it is dried turn it back around the right way, fluff it up and add a light mist of hairspray 
        • If you’re feeling brave you can also dye your grass…
        • Mix up some dye and dip the stem, fully coating it before leaving it to dry for a couple of hours 

          IS DRIED PAMPAS GRASS POISONOUS TO DOGS AND CATS?

          Current research suggests pampas grass should not be poisonous for dogs or cats. 

          IS DRIED PAMPAS GRASS POISONOUS TO HUMANS? 

          As with dogs and cats, pampas grass should not be poisonous for humans. 

          LET’S GET STARTED

          Now you’ve learned everything you need to know about dried pampas grass, here is where you can find your favourite flowers and vases to start styling it in your home. Enjoy.

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