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Using Fresh Flowers to Stage Your Home for Sale

Using Fresh Flowers to Stage Your Home for Sale

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Many real estate agents recommend staging your home when you put it on the market for sale. Showing the home in it’s best light, highlighting the stand-out features, and showing buyers the best use of your space…all these are benefits of staging. Using fresh flowers to stage your home will add a touch of luxe.
[We have several resources with great information in our Staging Category]

Using Fresh Flowers to Stage Your Home

Frederick gardeners, you know you’ve had enough of the drab days of winter when you find yourself out in the yard, in the dark with a flashlight scanning the beds, in search of the first hint of green pushing through the thawing crust of earth. You know you are making the most of the bursting of spring when you keep your garden clippers next to the door…any opportunity to bring in the beauty.

My friend Barbara is a Master Gardener in Maryland. She has provided me with a super list of flowers that would be perfect to arrange and display in your home, whether you’re staging and selling, or just want to enjoy the beauty of fresh flower. Flowers make your living spaces so friendly and welcoming, and add a touch of luxury.

Here are some of Barbara’s best tips to get the most out of your fresh flowers:

  • Spring bulbs are best when they get a simple dunk in a vase filled with cool water, kept fresh with a teaspoon of household bleach and a pinch or two of sugar.
  • Change the water every few days—or sooner if the water looks murky. The best method – rather than pulling the bouquet from the vase to change the water, simply hold the vase and flowers under the tap and flush till the water in the vase is clear.
  • Use clippers — not scissors. Scissors will crush the stems and impede the uptake of water. Be sure to strip away all foliage below the water line. Warm water perks up wilted flowers; hot water (110 degrees Fahrenheit) stands up floppy stems. And if you want to triple the shelf life of your bouquet, tuck the flowers in the fridge or a cool corner of the cellar (40 degrees Fahrenheit) for a good six hours before putting them out for show.
  • Branches and very thick stems do best with a vertical snip to soak up more water.

It doesn’t matter whether you cut them straight from the garden or pick up a bunch at the supermarket or your favorite flower shop. However, if you do cut from the garden, it’s best to cut in the morning, once the dew has dried. That’s when the stems are at their sturdiest, and filled with moisture, giving you the best chance for a longer show.


When to harvest: When most of the flowers on the stem are open.
Vase life: 7 to 10 days.
Special attention: These beauties need nothing but a quick snip and time to inhale their lovely scent.

Grape hyacinth (Muscari)
When to harvest: When blooms are half open.
Vase life: 5 to 7 days.
Special attention: None. That’s what I like!



NarcissusWhen to harvest: When fully open is best, though it’s lovely to have a spectrum of buds to blooms.
Vase life: 6 to 9 days—if you precondition (see below).
Special attention: Narcissi ooze a toxic sap, keep away from animals and babies; to keep from knocking off other blooms, pre-soak in cool water about six hours before adding to your mixed bouquet. If you have room, tuck in the fridge for the pre-soak. You don’t need floral preservative, but be vigilant about changing the water.


A little Mythology:  Narcissus, of Greek mythology, was the son of the river god Cephissus and the nymph Liriope, known for his unmatched beauty. He was proud of his beauty and had disdain for those who loved him. Nemesis, the goddess of vengeance, noticed this behavior and attracted Narcissus to a pool, where he saw his own reflection in the water and fell in love with it, not realizing it was merely an image. Unable to leave the beauty of his reflection, Narcissus drowned. The flower grew in his place.


When to harvest: When entire bud is flush with color.
Vase life: 6 to 10 days.
Special attention: Curious bloomers, tulips will grow one to two inches even after they’re cut. So keep that in mind if you’re designing an arrangement and scale matters. Also, tulips will bend toward the sunlight, so be sure to twirl the vase often, unless you want leaning blooms.


Ranunculus or Buttercup


using fresh flowers in stagingWhen to harvest: As soon as buds show color.
Vase life: 5 to 7 days.
Special attention: None.

There are different varieties of Ranunculus, some full of petals, like peonies, some are petit with as few as five petals.

Fun Trivia: The Princess Bride  was Robin Wright's first film, playing Princess Buttercup, after acting in the soap opera "Santa Barbara" for four years. The film is number 50 on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies".


Sometimes called Corn Lily.
When to harvest: As soon as you can see a touch of color on some buds.
Vase life: 10 days to two weeks, even longer.
Special attention: None.


peonyWhen to harvest: Once the bud is showing bright color, and petals can be seen.
Vase life: 5 to 8 days.
Special attention: As soon as you cut, place stems in warm water to increase water uptake. Be sure to shake off ants before bringing these perfumed beauties inside.




Also: evening stock and night-scented stock
When to harvest: When half the flowers on the stem are open.
Vase life: 7 to 10 days.
Special attention: If you remember to keep recutting the stems, you can add an extra three days to the vase life.

Virginia Bluebells

Virginia BluebellsWhen to harvest: As soon as a few bells are open.
Vase life: 2 to 4 days, at best.
Special attention: A six-hour stay in the refrigerator is essential if you want these beauties to last past the next morning. They’ll do best if you trim either all the leaves, or all the flowers, going with one or the other on each stem.



Fresh flowers add beauty and aroma to your home, as well as a welcoming touch. For more inspiration: A favorite resource many gardener’s turn to is Suzy Bales’ Garden Bouquets and Beyond. These bouquet suggestions are full of flowers that are built to withstand sleet, snow, raging winds and whatever springtime in Maryland brings. Sturdy flowers that don’t require too much primping and fussing are perfect for a busy homeowner… and for the home seller.



Thanks Barbara, for your expert help! Contact Us for more tips on selling your Frederick MD Home. 201-401-5119.

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Whether you're staging your home to sell, or just want to enjoy the beauty of fresh flowers, here's how to make your home warm, and add a touch of luxury.

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