If silk plants are not your style, but you want your flower arrangements to stick around, try drying your favorite flowers and prolonging their beauty indefinitely.
Top picks for drying include roses, hydrangeas, lavender, baby's breath, daisies, German statice, yarrow and strawflowers, says Susan Jacklin, owner of Susan's Flowers in Fountain Valley. "Dry flowers, when they're at their prime, keep their color better and remain firm when they're dried immediately."
Roses must be dried when the buds are just beginning to open. Once they bloom, they tend to lose petals when dried.
"Dry flowers in a cool dark place, which will ensure that they keep their color," says Pat Gosnell, owner of Regal Flowers in Orange. "The sun will discolor and bleach them out."