As long as you give their long stems plenty of support (wire is ideal), these colorful, cheerful blooms can thrive for up three weeks in your summer arrangement.
"Most roses are also relatively resilient to warm weather," Sanchez says. The key is to avoid varieties with too-delicate petals.
A favorite of summer brides, calla lillies have a lovely simplicity. To help them endure, cut their stems in a bath of warm water, then place in a container of cool water in the refrigerator for up to two hours to rehydrate.
Don't just rely on big, beautiful blooms to fill out a bouquet. "Fillers can include fresh lavender, scabiosa pods, hypericum berries, craspedia, thistle, and any other hardy floral accents," she says. Here, thistles bring unusual texture to a simple bouquet. "They can also add color and visual interest to an arrangement, and will make it less vulnerable to the summer heat."
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