I love to decorate with fresh flowers in my home, especially during Springtime!  Fresh flowers help breathe a little “life” into a room and bring the outdoors in.  Plus, they add a little color which helps to change up the look of a room without spending a lot of money.  While I would love to go to the flower market and pick out all of my favorites, it’s just not possible.  We have a few nice florists nearby, but I find them to be a bit pricey, so instead, I buy my flowers from the grocery store.  I’m usually able to find several of my favorites in a variety of colors, including roses, stalk, hydrangeas, and peonies!!

Here are my tips for making ordinary grocery store flowers look amazing!



1.  Buy One Type of Flower {and skip the mixed bouquet}

Personally, I’m not a fan of the ready-made mixed bouquets.  My issue with the mixed bouquet is that they often have only a few of the more expensive, nice flowers, mixed with lots of “filler” flowers and a lot of leaves and greenery that take away from the “wow” of the individual blossoms.  Instead, try using one type of flower for a more dramatic impact.  If you want to add some variety, consider a small accent flower, berries, or branches.


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2. Feed Your Flowers & Ditch the Leaves

To make your flowers last longer, always use the food packet that comes with them.  Also, remove the leaves so that all of the flower’s resources can go to the bud itself.  If you want greenery or want the leaves, leave just a couple and/or add green stems to your arrangement.


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3.  Think Beyond the Standard Vase

Part of what makes an arrangement beautiful and “work” within your decor is the vase itself!  But don’t limit yourself to a standard vase and instead, consider using anything that is water-tight, including trophies, champagne buckets, pitchers, drinking glasses, sugar bowls, and even egg cups!

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4.  Dry Your Beautiful Buds

When your flowers begin to die, don’t throw them out!  Instead, dry them!  Some flowers dry nicer than others, so I’m partial to roses and hydrangeas.  When I dry roses, I usually just leave in the vase and let them dry just as they are.  I haven’t had luck drying my hydrangeas the same way, though, because I find that they tend to wilt.  To dry my hydrangeas, I clip them to a pant hanger and put them in the closet so that they don’t flatten or droop.

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And don’t forget, branches and clippings from your yard work beautifully indoors, too!





On a related note, don’t you think that flowers say a lot about your personality and style?  What’s your favorite flower to decorate with?


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9 comments on “How to Make Ordinary Grocery Store Flowers Look Amazing”

  1. I love flowers and was a floral designer. I love all kinds of flowers to decorate with, my problem is our grocery stores don’t carry the really nice flwers and if they do they are very expensive! I have a Trader Joe’s but it is 45 mins away so don’t get there often. LOVE evry one of your pictures. A tip for drying hydrangeas, but them in late summer JUST as they are starting to turn clor. Put them in a bucket of water with about 2 inches of water in it and put that in the garage. When the water evaporates, the hydrangeas will be dry. I have done this for years! Great post!!!

    • Hi Pinky – Thank you so much for the hydrangea drying tip! I’ve had luck just drying them in my closet but I’m going to try your technique this summer….if my hydrangea blooms this year, that is! I forgot to prune it last summer… :(

    • I wish I had them around all the time, too! Really, I only buy them when I’m photographing or if we’re having guests over. I keep meaning to garden more so that I can have fresh cut flowers, but somehow, I never get around to it….Lol! :)

    • Both gorgeous flowers! Smart idea planting your own so that you have them available to you to pick! I hope they bloom nicely for you!! :)

  2. Kim,
    I typically get my flowers from the market or Trader Joe’s (another market) unless there’s some abundance of roses in my yard. I love the Iceberg roses that grow in my backyard since they are less formal. Hydrangea, peonies and ranunculus are favorites, along with stock and alstroemeria.
    Great ideas here.

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