What Are the Best Tips for Making a Lilac Bouquet?

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  • Written By: Tara Barnett
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  • Last Modified Date: 18 September 2019
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Making a lilac bouquet is often quite easy because the flowers are beautiful without much arrangement. Often, these flowers are paired with other pale blossoms, typically in light or even white shades. When making this type of bouquet at home, it is usually most important to inspect the flowers and handle them carefully. When the flowers themselves are beautiful, all that needs to be decided is whether to include other items in the bouquet and how to bind it together.

The first thing to consider when making a lilac bouquet is the quality of the flowers. When selecting flowers from a store, it is a good idea to purchase more flowers than will be needed because lilacs have a tendency to wilt. From a home garden, flowers that have been gathered should be inspected for insects and imperfections.

Depending on how the flowers will be used, a lilac bouquet can be as simple as placing the flowers in water. If, however, the bouquet is going to be displayed for a long time or carried, treating the flowers with a preservative can help make the bouquet last longer. When placing the flowers in water, extreme temperatures should be avoided in order to avoid damaging the plants.


It is common to display lilacs in large bunches that branch out in a large diameter. A lilac bouquet that is carried may need to be smaller in order to be convenient, but a table bouquet can be placed in a large vase and allowed to spread out. This presentation must sometimes be filled in with smaller plants, like lamb's ear. Lilac is very fragrant, so it is not necessary to choose flowers that will add scents to the bouquet.

Most people choose to bind a lilac bouquet together with a ribbon. If there will be dangling ends hanging from the bouquet, having these ends cut precisely can give the bouquet a more finished look. The color of the ribbon can bring out the colors of the bouquet, but it is not necessary to use purple in order to achieve this effect. Brown, white, and even yellow bindings can be very attractive with this type of bouquet.

When arranging flowers in a bouquet, it is most important to think about color, shape, and scent. The colors of all flowers used should complement one another. In this case, the dominant color will likely be purple, so working around that theme is the best strategy. Shape and scent depend on the natural qualities of the flowers and can be hard to predict without practice. Taking a floral arrangement class can be a great way to experiment with the many different ways to make a lilac bouquet.



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