Arranging Lilies: the Ultimate Bouquet Show-Stopper

Bright-Lily-BouquetLilies are show-stopping flowers that are appreciated throughout the world for their vibrant, star-like designs and the varieties available. The florets often represent purity and virtue, and are the perfect accompaniment for a variety of occasions. If you’re looking for the perfect addition to a bouquet or want to make your kitchen a little brighter, a lily-filled arrangement will brighten your or your recipient’s mood.

Finding Your Lilies

The flowers appear supple and strong, but can actually be fragile. They require care when cutting and placing in an arrangement. To ensure that your presentation is in the best possible form, ask your florist about when they get regular shipments.

Lily-Close-UpLilies also grow well in a garden environment in most areas in the United States. If you’re planning on cutting lilies from your home, a good rule of thumb is to choose the buds that are just about to start opening or have recently opened. The flowers will continue to mature after they’ve been cut, and by choosing the young blooms, you can extend the lifespan of the lily in your display. Cut the stems at an angle with sharp shears and leave enough room that you can trim the flowers as necessary for the design.

Lily pollen does stain and can be difficult to get out of carpet, clothes, and furniture. To avoid the hassle of cleaning up after your plants, pinch off the pollen producing stamen in the center before bringing the cut flowers inside. Doing so will not harm the bud’s longevity.

If you get your plants from a flower shop or your garden, remember that cut lilies need cool shade. Direct sunlight and warm air can cause the flowers to wilt prematurely. They won’t last as long or be very attractive in your arrangement.

Choosing Lilies

There are several types to choose from. White lilies are commonly seen around Easter and are bright and large. Calla lilies are available in cream and colored varieties. These flowers are different from traditional lilies, and are only superficially related to the traditional species. They feature a singular trumpet with a yellow protruding center.Calla-Lily


Lilies of the valley are also not true lilies, but are very popular in arrangements. The plants feature small, bell-like blooms that hang down from a central stem. They are petite and framed by large, emerald leaves. The Duchess of Cambridge included these delicate lilies in her wedding bouquet, and the flowers are a beautiful addition to any demure arrangement.

The colors of lilies vary from burnt orange to pale gold and bright pink. Some varieties are also multi-toned with colors that blend seamlessly into a beautiful amber-colored display.

Placing Your Lilies in an Arrangement

Lilies are beautiful in small, simple arrangements as well as large, regal centerpieces. They are versatile and can be placed among a number of other flower varieties and greenery choices while maintaining their beauty. Consider placing roses, hydrangeas, or dahlias in the arrangement to add texture and variety. A pure lily assembly can also be attractive and successfully blend the unique coloring of the lilies to create a magical display.

For lily arrangement, you’ll need tepid water, a vase or other display, floral tape, and sharp scissors or shears. It can be helpful to look online for arrangement ideas, but every piece is different. The flowers you choose will have a distinct personality that may work better in certain configurations than others. Don’t box yourself in by trying to recreate an arrangement you’ve seen before.

Place the floral tape in a grid pattern over a vase that has been prefilled with nutrient rich water. Depending on the size of the display, you may create the design in the vase or by holding the flowers together.

Start with the tallest flower you have and add the primary flowers to your design. If you are working within the vase, hold up stems to determine where to make the cuts. Ideally, each vase will account for one-third of the total arrangement height. Cut flowers at varying heights to add depth to the display. Greenery and small accent flowers, such as baby’s breath, can be added after the primary flowers have been placed. Fill in the spaces and adjust your flowers accordingly.

Orange-LilyTake a step back every once in a while to get the full effect of your arrangement before deciding to make further cuts. Dress up a clear vase by wrapping the stems in a large leaf or wrapping the vase in a ribbon or burlap.

Remember to change out the arrangement’s water on a daily basis to prevent the buildup of bacteria. You can also remove the pollen from most lily varieties by rinsing the blooms or gently wiping each petal with a damp cloth. The pollen can sometimes contribute to the deterioration of the flowers. When the blooms start to open, puncture the stem with a needle right below the bloom. The trick allows for more water to be absorbed and extends the flower’s life.


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