Planting ornamental grasses has become an increasingly popular garden trend, particularly in areas like Southern California, where lengthy droughts have prompted landscapers to look toward more water-wise plants than the lush tropicals they previously had been enamored with. Ornamental grasses typically get a drastic "haircut" once a year, and what comes off easily can serve double duty inside the home.
Select stalks of ornamental grass for drying. Pick a mixture of tall, medium and short stalks, to give your arrangement some depth.
Cut the stalks off at the base with your garden clippers. Immediately stick the chosen stalks into a vase filled with water.
Wash stalks in water and mild detergent, to get rid of any small insects that might call your stalk home.
Tie a cluster of stalks together with string and hang upside down in a warm, dry place to let them dry. Keep them in the warm, dry place for one to three weeks to dry completely.
Spray any brand of hairspray lightly over your dried ornamental grasses to minimize the chance of breakage. Consider a coat of hairspray an invisible shield of armor that will protect your ornamental grasses, which are typically fragile.
Let dry overnight. Then you're ready to start arranging in vases or urns.