Your Guide to Easter Flowers

Cut daffodils
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Say goodbye to snow slush, freezing temperatures, and gray skies and hello to green grass, pretty blooms, and sunshine. The Easter season means spring has sprung—and we get to appreciate Mother Nature's bounty. When decorating the table for a brunch or dinner gathering with friends and family, the centerpiece will really set the scene. There are so many beautiful Easter flowers to choose from: will you go with bright hues, or keep it simple and timeless with all white? It's not a bad problem to have, but all the choices can get overwhelming. You can opt for the Easter lily, which symbolizes purity and peace to many. Or you can always go for colorful tulips that are so easy to put on display in a vase and are guaranteed to add some cheer to your table. And, of course, hydrangeas are always a classic and popular choice, in hues of blue, white, pink, and purple. It's hard not to go wrong with whatever you choose—any floral centerpiece will make your table even more special and celebrate the best of the season. If you're looking for floral inspiration while you're planning out the table decor, we've got you covered. We asked three floral experts for their thoughts on common Easter flowers, plus how to care for them and how to pair them with other varieties. Take a look at their suggestions on the next pages and get ready to wow your dining companions this Easter.

Pink Lilies
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"Lilies are an iconic spring flower," says Callie Bladow, production director of BloomThat. "With their vibrant green leaves, multiple blooms, and long vase life, they are perfect for any spring arrangement." Easter lilies are emblematic of the religious holiday, but regular lilies will look beautiful on a table as well. They stand out on their own, so you don't need to pair these with any other flower. For some added foliage, you can mix in magnolia leaves, silver dollar eucalyptus, or branches (white cherry blossom or crab apple). For care, cut the stems at a 45-degree angle before you place in the vase, remove the pollen stems on the stamen (to reduce pollen dust and a big mess), and change the water every two days. Add flower food, lemon juice, sugar, or bleach into the water to make the blooms last longer—and keep out of direct sunlight or heat. Don't forget to keep them away from cats—lilies are poisonous to them.

Tulips in vase
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"Easter is when tulips are at the height of their season," says Eric Buterbaugh, chief floral designer for The Bouqs Company. "They come in lovely, attractive colors." Tulips are tough to mix with other flowers, as some other varieties (including daffodils) can actually affect their life cycle and make them wilt faster. Luckily, they look fine on their own. These flowers are unique in that they grow in the vase—you might have to trim the stems regularly so they don't droop. Keep these blooms out of direct sunlight and put flower food in the water to give them a longer shelf life. If you don't have flower food, a penny at the bottom of the vase will do.

Iris flowers in vase
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"Irises are some of the most beautiful spring seasonal flowers—they have such vibrant colors," says Caroline Bailly, owner of L'Atelier Rouge. She suggests pairing these with blooms in shades of blue: hydrangea, thistle, or anenomes. Unfortunately, irises have a short vase life of only about three to five days. To get the most out of them, Bladow suggests cutting these fresh in the morning—trim an inch off at a 45-degree angle. Take off any excess greenery and add flower food, or a mixture of lemon juice, sugar, and bleach to the water. You'll want to change the water every other day, too.

Cut daffodils
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"The yellow of the daffodils makes me think of yellow Peeps!" Bailly says. "I love daffodils because they come in many different varieties and bloom sizes." Like irises, daffodils have a short vase life as well. "Select closed daffodils that are just showing a yellow tip to ensure the longest vase life," Bladow says. "Avoid any blooms that are fully opened, crumbled, or browning." Trim the bottom of the stems at a 45-degree angle and place in cool water with flower food. Change the water every day and snip the stem ends to extend its shelf life. Since daffodils emit a toxin that is dangerous to other flowers, they're best in a vase by themselves.

Blue Hyacinths in vase
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"They're a beautiful multi-bloom fragrant flower that come in a variety of colors, from white and yellow to hot pink, lavender, and dark blue," Bladow says. "These flowers perform best if you leave the bulb on the stem. Our recommendation is to feature these by themselves—either do a monochromatic mix or blend all of their beautiful colors together to make a spring mix." If they're not in a planter, remove any extra foliage and place them in a glass container with water. Just add flower food and change the water daily to prevent a cloudy buildup.

Bouquet with white hydrangeas
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This romantic bloom works for all occasions, so Easter would be another chance to put them on display. "The hydrangea stem is thick, so it's important to have a very slanted cut," Buterbaugh says. "A little known trick: If a hydrangea wilts, you can turn the flower upside down under water and it will come back to life." If you "smash" the stem a bit, it can draw water faster—he suggests cutting and smashing the stem every day to prolong its life. While Buterbaugh prefers hydrangeas on their own in a single color, he also recommends pairing a mixture of blooms in different colors with roses.

Gerbera Daisies in vase
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These are great for those who don't have time to carefully tend to an arrangement—they tend to last long and require minimal care. "Daisies are a great flower for Easter and spring in general," Buterbaugh says. "There's something about looking at a daisy that evokes happiness and cheer. They're hardy, low-maintenance, and well-priced, so a good bang for your buck." He suggests pairing different varieties of daisies in an arrangement instead of pairing with other flowers. Place them in a vase with cool water and flower food, change the water every day and give them a fresh cut at an angle.

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