It’s true—beautiful flower arrangements can brighten up even the dullest or most boring rooms. But regularly buying professionally crafted arrangements can be pricey. Thankfully, you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy having beautiful flower arrangements in your home with these simple tips.
Tip 1 Be sure to check out multiple stores to find the best deals for the freshest flowers. While you may be tempted to buy the absolute cheapest flowers you find, keep in mind these aren’t always the best deal. You are better off spending a little more money on flowers that will last several days longer. Get to know the floral staff, and have them alert you when new shipments are coming in.
Tip 2 Prep your flowers by stripping off the foliage that will fall below the water line in your vase. This will help prevent rot and can keep your flowers fresher longer.
Tip 3 Arrange floral tape in a tic-tac-toe pattern across the top of the vase. This will help your flowers stay in place as you design your arrangement.
Tip 4 When adding flowers to your arrangement, start with the fuller flowers around the perimeter, and then move to the smaller blooms as you work your way inside. Next, add any accent blooms or foliage. Be sure to rotate your arrangement as you work to get a balanced shape from all sides.
Tip 5 To keep your arrangement fresher longer, don’t place it in direct sunlight or under heating vents. Also, be sure to cut the stems occasionally and change the water frequently. The temperature of your water matters. Many florists agree that room temperature or cool water is the best for fresh cut flowers.