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The Perfect Lilac Bouquet

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Selecting flowers for a lilac bouquet is always a delight. Lilac and lavender are common flower blossom colors but make an uncommonly charming presentation.

When choosing this delicate color as the backbone for your floral design, go for a little something extra by including a number of fragrant choices. Whether you’re decorating for a formal or casual occasion, a lilac bouquet can be a wonderfully understated choice.

Lilac Bouquet Flowers

These lilac flowers make great bouquet flowers. Some lilac and lavender shades can appear either pinkish or blue in the right light. To play it safe, audition flowers together and under the lighting you have planned for them if you can:

  • Lavender
  • Lilac
  • Tulip
  • Calla lilies
  • German statice
  • Phlox
  • Lisianthus
  • Alstroemeria
  • Hydrangeas
  • Orchid
  • Freesia
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Stocks
  • Gladioli

When choosing bouquet flowers, make sure to select the freshest blooms. The way flowers are stored and handled before you buy them has a lot to do with the way they’ll perform once you get them home. These tips will help you source and prep the best blooms:

  • Select florist flowers over discount flowers. During holidays many retailers who aren’t flower specialists try to sell flowers. Mass produced, discount flowers may look okay, but their appearance can fool you. Those pretty colors can conceal bacteria laden blooms that may not last long once you get them home. To make sure you’re getting quality flowers, buy from folks who know the trade, keep blooms in a temperature controlled environment and only offer healthy, clean flowers for sale.
  • Get flowers home as soon as you can, and never put them in the trunk of your car, on a hot dashboard, or in direct sunlight. To protect them from drafts and temperature changes, keep flowers in a protective bag or box when you move them from the shop to your car.
  • Get flowers into clean water fast, and make sure to add the nutrient packet (included with your blooms) as soon as possible. If your flower seller doesn’t include one or two powder packets, make sure to ask for them. They’ll help to keep your flowers fresher looking longer.
  • Recut flowers on a diagonal, and cut off all leaves falling below the water line. This will delay the growth of bacteria that could shorten the life of your arrangement.
  • Keep flowers away from heat, sunlight and drafts.

To add sparkle, display your lilac bouquet in a crystal, silver or pewter vase. Lilac is a subtle shade that can work in a mixed bouquet as well as it does alone, so use your imagination and don’t be afraid to mix and match.

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