I really enjoy having fresh flowers in my home. There is something about flowers that can totally brighten a space and make it feel more inviting. While I consider fresh flowers in my house to be an indulgence and not a necessity, I am totally addicted to the look of fresh flowers in my house (so I obviously choose to indulge). As a result of my admitted flower addiction I had to have an honest moment with myself and set a few boundaries. I have been on a mission to find florals that would have the least amount of impact on my wallet (which meant both in price and longevity). My findings? There are actually quite a few flowers and/or greenery that fit the bill!
- Hydrangeas- With a cost of $5.99/3 stems at Trader Joes. These flowers must be taken home and cut under standing water immediately and then placed in a vase with the base of the stem exposed to a minimal amount of oxygen. Following this technique you can expect to have these flowers live for about 3 weeks! They are full in body and gorgeous in appearance. A classic for sure!
- Carnations- This might just be the most underrated flower. I used to consider the carnation to be the classic filler flower in an arrangement. It was the flower that we used to receive in elementary school from our Valentines so I never really gave it much thought beyond that until recently. I was in my favorite local flower wholesale store and saw the most gorgeous bouquet of deep pink pom-poms and realized quickly that they were in fact, Carnations! The bouquet of about 12 stems cost $5.99 and ended up lasting 3 weeks in my living room with maybe only 1 or 2 water changes! Needless to say, I no longer consider them to be just a filler flower. They are a fabulous budget friendly floral option.
- Myrtle- I had never heard of myrtle before spotting it in my local flower wholesale store. Myrtle comes in a pretty sizable bunch at a cost of $3.99. This is a very fragrant variety of greenery with wonderful height. The best part? I have had the same bunch of greenery sitting in the windowsill of my bedroom for a month and a half and it is still thriving! Have I changed the water? Nope!! Myrtle can last roughly 2-3 months and is a great accent for carnations in a bud vase or simply used by itself in bud vases! Love love love Myrtle!
- Queen Anne's Lace (aka "Baby's Breath") - Again, another former "Filler Flower" that I have now grown to love and adore. I recently used this flower to create a winter white themed centerpiece. It was lovely! At a cost of $4.99 for a sizable bunch, it was the perfect addition to my table decor. In keeping with the theme of this article, this is another flower with a long lifespan (approx. 3 weeks!).
These budget friendly flower options are certainly regulars in my weekly floral repertoire (as you can see above in the extensive….excessive flower slide show). Of course I still indulge on occasion, but keeping these 4 budget friendly floral options in regular rotation has really been the reason why I can maintain this weekly luxury.