9 Long-Lasting Florals That Aren't Silk

Ditch those dusty faux blooms and brighten your space with one of these gorgeous, low-maintenance fresh flower alternatives instead.
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Nothing fills your home with colorful charm like a gorgeous bouquet of fresh-cut flowers. Unfortunately, refilling vases with fresh blooms every week can add up quickly, tearing a sunflower-sized hole in your decorating budget. No worries! There are plenty of inexpensive, low-maintenance ways to integrate beautiful, long-lasting florals into your decor without ever stepping foot in the oh-so-scary fake flower aisle.

Best Dried Varieties

Dried Flowers Add Spice, Color to Floral Arrangements

Dried Flowers Add Spice, Color to Floral Arrangements

Photo by: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Dried or preserved flowers are as close to the real thing as you can get and last about 12 times longer than their fresh counterparts. However, not every flower looks good when dried, and it's important to follow proper drying techniques to avoid moldy or brown-tinted blooms. Hydrangea, statice, yarrow, baby's breath, lavender and blue thistle are great choices, as they maintain their natural shape and bright color when dried and will last for months or even years in a clean, non-humid environment.

Unique Ways to Display Dried Flowers

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DIY Pressed-Flower Coasters


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Baby's Breath


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Preserved Boxwood


Photo By: Melissa Caughey

Magnolia Leaves

Bohemian Bedroom Decor

Billy Balls

From: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines

Cotton Stems

Cotton Stems

Cotton Stems

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

If you're looking to replicate Joanna Gaines' effortless Fixer Upper farmhouse aesthetic, grab a few bunches of cotton stems next time you head to the farmer's market. They're inexpensive, make a gorgeous statement and are 100 percent natural. Win-win-win. 

Using Cotton Stems in Everyday Decor

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Warm and Welcoming Buffet

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A Mantle With a Masculine Decor

Natural Living Room Decor

Mantle Vessels Add Industrial Look

Modern, Rustic Shelving


Wood Planks and Succulents as Wall Decor

Wood Planks and Succulents as Wall Decor


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Going on vacation? No need to hire a plant sitter for these hardy blooms. Succulents are super trendy, low-maintenance plants that can survive year round in virtually all conditions. Plus, a succulent plant often costs less than a single silk flower stem! Arrange in sandy soil and place next to a bright, sunny window for best results.

Eye-Catching Succulent Decor

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Jade Centerpiece

Hens and Chicks

Photo By: Jenny Peterson/J. Peterson Garden Design

Succulents in Orb Hanging Vase

Stand-Alone Bloom

DIY Geometric Planters With Succulents

Live Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece

Terrarium Garden Display

Casually Elegant Place Setting

Succulent Garden Wall Hanging

Mix and Match

From: Synthesis

Photo By: Chang Kyun Kim

Modern Glass Oval Terrarium

Creative Ways to Dress Up Basic Glass Vases

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Tabletop Planter From a Vintage Book

Photo By: Design by Kyle Schuneman. Reprinted from The First Apartment Book, copyright 2012.

Fresh, Modern Bathroom Decor

Tree Stump Planter for Succulents

Photo By: Design by Kris Swift

Burled Wood Planter With Colorful Succulents

Photo By: Courtesy of The Phillips Collection

Long-Lasting Wreaths

Use Rosemary or Hebe to Fill Gaps in Wreath

Use Rosemary or Hebe to Fill Gaps in Wreath

Photo by: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

What if I told you that wreaths look just as great indoors as they do out? Work one of these chic floral decorations into your gallery wall, lay them flat on a table for a unique centerpiece or prop on a shelf, mantel or plate rail. Make your own from long-lasting materials such as dried flowers, succulents or paper blooms and switch out seasonally as desired.

More DIY Wreaths

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Recycled Paint Chip Wreath

From: Brian Patrick Flynn

Succulent Wreath

Paper Magnolia Wreath

Photo By: Liz Gray ©© 2013 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

DIY Magnolia Wreath

Corn Husk Wreath

Photo By: Debbie Wolfe

Midcentury Modern Wreath


Sticks and Stems

Natural Wood Mantel Features Beautiful Decor

Natural Wood Mantel Features Beautiful Decor


Carter Kay

Photo by: Carter Kay

Carter Kay

Decorative branches are about as low-maintenance as it gets. Just drop them in a pretty vase, arrange and you're done. That being said, not just any old stick will do. Choose ornamental types such as birch, pussy willow, curly willow or lichen-covered varieties for a polished look.

Eye-Catching Branches

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Round Mirror and Asian Style Table

Creative Ways to Dress Up Basic Glass Vases

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Branch and Butterfly Spring Table Setting and Centerpiece

Simple and Stunning Centerpiece

From: Erinn Valencich

Leftover Blooms

Paper Flowers

Homemade Paper Floral Centerpiece

Homemade Paper Floral Centerpiece

Ok, paper flowers are fake flowers, too. But if your home decor skews kitschy, bright DIY paper blooms are a fun and youthful long-term option and a unique alternative to silk or plastic florals. I'll brb — gotta grab my glue gun.

How to Make Paper Flowers 03:11

Julia shows how to make paper flowers for a bouquet that will last forever.

DIY Paper Flowers

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Leaf Centerpiece

Paper Flower Wreath

Photo By: Kristin Guy

Paper Rosebuds

Crepe Paper Daisy

Photo By: Jessika Creedon ©Jessika Creedon 2013

Paper Magnolia Wreath

Photo By: Liz Gray ©© 2013 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Paper Dahlias

Paper Mums

Two-Toned Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Crepe-Paper Roses and Hanging Branches

©Jessica Peterson

Paper Gardenias

Paper Roses

Tropical Orchids

Coffee Filters and Cupcake Liners

Long-Lasting House Plants

Vertical Garden With Magnetic Planters

Vertical Garden With Magnetic Planters

Photo by: Courtesy of Urbio

Courtesy of Urbio

From indoor trees to shade-loving indoor plants, the options are endless when it comes to low-maintenance house plants. No green thumb required (seriously!).

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Ahmed shares a way to create tropical conditions houseplants will love.

Houseplants 101: Choosing the Right Indoor Greenery

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Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

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©Rustic White Photography

Maidenhair Fern

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Lemon Button Fern

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Peat Moss

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Floral Art

Window Pane Nursery Wall Decoration

Window Pane Nursery Wall Decoration


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Make a big statement by transforming your favorite blooms into unique, large-scale home decor. Upside-down flower pots, sculptured planters and oversized macro flower prints are just a few of the stunning and creative ways you can display florals year round in a big way.

Stunning Floral Art

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Sky Planters for Small Spaces

Photo By: Courtesy of Poketo

Macro Blooms

Comical Ceramic Bust Planters

Photo By: Courtesy of Floral Art

Floral Prints

Mediterranean Hall With Watercolor Flowers

Bright and Youthful

Photo By: Courtesy of Sherwin-Williams

Neutral Nightstand and Table Lamp With Floral Art

Photo By: 2id Interiors

DIY Botanical Art

Magnolia Accents

Fresh Cuts



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Rustic White Photography

Create a unique look for your home by displaying different shades of coffee berry in vessels of varied height.

At the end of the day, nothing can replace the look, feel and smell of fresh-cut flowers. Fortunately, there are a variety of blooms that will last two weeks or more when properly maintained. Rich-scented coffee berry, eucalyptus, orchids, chrysanthemums and zinnias are among the most popular long-lasting varieties and look great when displayed in large bunches. For maximum life span, arrange loosely in a clean vase, cut stems at an angle and replace water every few days.

Long-Lasting Fresh Cut Flowers

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Celosia + Thistle + Eucalyptus

Fresh Cut Phalaenopsis Orchids

Vegetable Arrangement

Eucalyptus Centerpiece


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Sunflowers and Alstroemeria


Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions


Photo By: Johnny's Selected Seeds

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