15 Flowers that Will Live the Longest in Your Home

From bold carnations to delicate lavender, nothing brightens up a home like a fresh bunch of flowers. Whether you're buying a bouquet for a loved one or simply want to spruce up your home, freshly cut flowers can bring so much joy.

While we know that cut flowers will not last forever, many bouquets begin to wilt after just a few days. However, to keep your vase of flowers fresh for as long as possible, opt for longer-lasting flowers that will stay fresh for weeks rather than days.

Plus, according to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), there are steps you can take to ensure that your bouquet stays as fresh as possible for as long as possible.

Firstly, make sure that your vase is clean. Then, dissolve the flower food in the water before placing the flowers in the vase.

Check and top up the water every couple of days and change the water every two to four days. When changing the water, cut a small amount of the stem each time. Be sure to remove any dying flowers from the vase and keep the vase in a cool spot.

Below, using information from RHS, Bloom IQ, Bloom and Wild, Better Homes and Gardens, and Gardeners' World, Newsweek has rounded up the flowers that will live the longest displayed in your home.

Allium

Allium flowers are bold and architectural and make good cut flowers that can last for up to two weeks. This flower is said to represent good fortune, unity, and patience.

Allium
Allium flowers are arranged on display during staging day for the Harrogate Spring Flower Show on April 25, 2018, in Harrogate, England. Allium flowers can last for up to two weeks in a vase. Ian Forsyth/Getty

Alstroemerias

Alstroemerias, also known as the Peruvian lily, can stay fresh for around two weeks in a vase. These lily-like flowers can produce a range of colors, and their petals often bear additional markings such as spots or streaks.

Alstroemerias
Alstroemerias stock image. Alstroemerias can stay fresh for around two weeks in a vase. OllgaP/Getty

Carnations

Carnations can remain fresh for around a week or two and generally outlast many other flowers in a bouquet. Carnations come in various colors each with its own meaning—for example, pink carnations symbolize gratitude while white carnations symbolize purity and good luck.

Carnations
Carnation bouquets ready for export are pictured at a flower farm in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on February 8, 2012. Carnations can remain fresh for around a week or two and generally outlast many other flowers in a bouquet. Said Khatib/AFP/Getty

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums, also called chrysanths or mums, are a popular cut flower that can last for up to two weeks.

Chrysanthemums
Flower vendors sell Chrysanthemums in the center of Warsaw, Poland on November 1, 2020. Chrysanthemums can last for up to two weeks in a vase. Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty

Delphiniums

Delphiniums can last between a week or two in a vase. This striking flower can come in a variety of colors including lavender, blue, pink, purple, red, and white.

Delphiniums
Colorful delphiniums on display at The Butchart Gardens on July 2, 2011, in British Columbia, Canada. Delphiniums can last between a week or two in a vase. George Rose/Getty

Eryngium (Sea Holly)

The Eryngium, or Sea Holly, is a sculptural flower that can resemble a thistle. The RHS says that cut Eryngium flowers are long-lasting and that the flowers can be dried and used in winter arrangements.

 Eryngium (Sea Holly)
Eryngium flowers stock image. Cut Eryngium flowers are long-lasting and can be dried and used in winter arrangements. Helen Davies/iStock

Freesias

Freesias are known for their fragrant perfume and are a popular cut flower option. Bloom and Wild says that when freesias are properly cared for, they have the potential to last for weeks.

Freesias
Freesias stock image. When freesias are properly cared for, they have the potential to last for weeks. MaximFesenko/iStock

Gladioli

Gladioli are also known as sword lilies because they have long, pointed leaves. These flowers can last for around a week or to in a vase, as long as they are cared for properly.

Gladioli
A display of Gladioli are shown during the 160th Great Yorkshire Show on July 10, 2018, in Harrogate, England. Gladioli can last for around a week or two in a vase, as long as they are cared for properly. Ian Forsyth/Getty

Lavender

Unlike other flowers on this list, lavender flowers can live in your home when they are purposely dried out. Instead of displaying the lavender in a vase with water, let the flowers dry out and they will last for months, or even years.

Lavender
Bouquets of lavender are stored to dry in a warehouse near the lavender fields on August 15, 2007, in Sault Plateau, France. Let lavender flowers dry out and they will last for months, or even years. Shaul Schwarz/Getty

Lilies

Lilies, which are known for their fragrant blooms, can live for up to three weeks in a vase. Each variety of Lily has a different meaning, but they generally represent purity and fertility.

Lilies
Lillies are arranged as final preparations are made during staging day for the Harrogate Spring Flower Show on April 25, 2018, in Harrogate, England. Lilies can live for up to three weeks in a vase. Ian Forsyth/Getty

Orchids

Orchid plants can flower for three months, but when they are cut they last for around two to three weeks. These elegant flowers are a beautiful addition to a bouquet.

Orchid
Gold Staff Phalaenopsis orchid during the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park on July 21, 2016, in Knutsford, England. Orchids, when they are cut, last for around two to three weeks. Shirlaine Forrest/Getty

Pampas grass

Pampas grass is made up of creamy white feathery plumes and is a popular interior design trend. Once dried, pampas grass can last for months inside your home.

Pampas grass
A large clump of pampas grass grows along Mark West Station Road on October 7, 2017, near Santa Rosa, California. Once dried, pampas grass can last for months inside your home. George Rose/Getty

Roses

Roses generally live for a week in a vase, but there are ways to increase this flower's lifespan. Trim your roses' stems, prune their leaves, and take off the roses' guard petals to help your flowers last longer.

Roses
A florist prepares a bunch of roses ahead of Valentine's Day on February 12, 2014, in Sydney, Australia. Roses generally live for a week in a vase, but there are ways to increase this flower’s lifespan. Brendon Thorne/Getty

Sunflowers

Sunflowers can last up to 12 days in a vase with proper care. These vibrant yellow flowers symbolize longevity, loyalty, and adoration and are perfecting for gifting someone to brighten their day.

Sunflower
A sunflower is seen at the sunset on August 9, 2020, in Ulm, Germany. Sunflowers can last up to 12 days in a vase with proper care. Harry Langer/DeFodi Images/Getty

Zinnias

Zinnias come in a variety of colors, from pastel tones to vibrant bursts, making them a great addition to any bouquet. Many varieties of zinnias will last from seven to 12 days in a vase.

Zinnias
Zinnias stock image. Many varieties of zinnias will last from seven to 12 days in a vase. AlinaMD/Getty