March 20, 2013
Traditionally, potpourri is a mixture of dried, fragrant plant material placed in a small container or bowl. You can use almost anything in your garden to make an aromatic potpourri mixture. Choose ingredients for their visual appeal as well as smell. Here are the four basic points of making a potpourri, with examples:
- Aroma ~ Lavender will add a sweet fragrance. Other fragrant flowers that you can add include rose, lemon verbena, mint, lily of the valley, and carnations. Cloves, nutmeg, pieces of orange, lemon or grapefruit rind will add a nice pungent small.
- Texture ~ Adding whole flowers to a mixture of broken pieces, small pine cones or dried berries will contribute to the visual appeal.
- Color ~ Mix color indiscriminately (nature does!) or choose a particular color blend or a blend of opposites form the color wheel (yellow marigolds and purple ageratum, for example).
- Fixatives ~ to help keep the aromas of the potpourri from dissipating too quickly. Here are a few: chopped orris root, cinnamon, whole vanilla beans, cloves or nutmeg, coriander seeds, cumin, the dried leaves of lemon verbena and sweet woodruff, essential oils
- 1 cup dried lavender florets
- Sachet bags (or make your own)
Just fill the bags, and you have a great smelling sachet to place in your closets and drawers!