Want to elevate your self-care routine? Buy some fresh flowers, or cut a bouquet from your own garden. Multiple studies have shown that flowers have an immediate positive impact on happiness, boosting your mood for days. (Yes, days!). And tons of other research has shown that being around plants and nature, whether tending your garden or enjoying a walk around the neighborhood, is good for you physically and mentally.
Something that doesn’t give you feel-good vibes? Bringing home a gorgeous bouquet of flowers only to have the blooms wilt as soon as you trim them. Happily, many different types of cut flowers are long-lasting, with some that will look fresh for a week or more in a vase. Plus, many are super easy to grow, so you can enjoy them in your own garden or in pots on a patio, deck or balcony. And even if you treat yourself to a bouquet from the grocery store regularly, isn’t your mental health worth a few bucks a week?
To help your cut flowers last longer, cut stems at an angle when harvesting to increase surface area for water absorption (ditto when you bring home store-bought bouquets). Then strip the leaves from the bottom of the stem so they won’t be submerged in the vase and promote bacterial growth. Rinse the vase and refill with clean water every day, and keep the vase in a cool area away from full sun. Follow these tips with our pick of the best long-lasting flowers below and you’ll be able to enjoy those beautiful blooms (and the mood-boosting benefits) for weeks.