You can never go wrong with a gorgeous arrangement of flowers in an interior, especially during the spring season. Florals can add a touch of elegance to a living room, dining area, or even a bedside table. But considering the number of flower types that exist, it can be a bit overwhelming to pinpoint the best, long-lasting option for your home.
During the spring season, it’s fairly easy to find long-lasting ranunculus. Early on, they are tightly budded, and as they age, their layers of petals transition to a dark, inner center that adds beauty to a room. “We’ve accidentally tricked a lot of our customers into thinking they’re peonies and we see why,” Stembel says, jokingly. “They have a similar petal count and the same, soft texture but they last so much longer.”
You can expect an arrangement of these hardy flowers to last about a week with proper care.
Cymbidium orchids are another Farmgirl favorite, especially during the fall and winter. “We love them in our burlap-wrapped bouquets, but also all on their own,” Stembel says. “They look sculptural and lush at the same time when styled in a simple vase.”
With the right care, these orchids can last up to two weeks.
At Farmgirl Flowers, protea have proven to be workhorses, as they can be placed at the front of a bouquet to prevent other stems from being damaged during delivery. “We use them as a “shock absorber” at the front of our burlap-wrapped bouquets when they’re in season, but love these statement flowers on their own as well,” Stembel says.
According to Stembel, customers have reported that protea are typically one of the very last flowers standing in their arrangements after weeks of vase life.
If you’re a fan of calla lilies, this is another great option to consider. Want to know the best thing about these flowers? “For those with less time on their hands for water changes and stem trims, these are the best choice for you,” Stembel says. Even with a bit of neglect, Stembel says they can still last up to a few weeks. Plus, they’re available in a slew of colors.
Carnations aren’t the most popular type of flower, but they are worthy of attention because they’re long-lasting. “Like calla lilies, carnations can survive in a vase with a little neglect,” Stembel says.
It also pays to be patient with these flowers. “You need to give them time to fully bloom, but when they do, they’re hardly recognizable as the poster (flower) child of 1984,” she says.
Tulips usually last about a week with regular water changes. Stembel especially likes them, because they’re one of the few flowers that continue to grow once cut—up to one inch. “You’ll get a little extra height and more of a wild look as the days go on,” Stembel says.
In addition to double tulips, fringed tulips are another Farmgirl go-to. Like most tulips, this variety can usually hold up for a week with adequate care. Plus, their frayed petals add a unique touch to a room.