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Cut blooms don’t have to cost a for­tune, par­tic­u­larly if you go for longer-last­ing flow­ers. Think orchid sprays, lilies in bud, arums and na­tives like waratahs or South African proteas.

For max­i­mum im­pact, stick to one colour in a dis­play. For ex­am­ple, white with more white: roses, white dahlias and Queen Anne’s lace al­ways look fresh. Re­cut the stems and change the wa­ter ev­ery four days to sig­nif­i­cantly ex­tend their vase life. And don’t for­get leaves. A sin­gle bunch of gum and nuts or stun­ning coloured fo­liage, such as gold and red cro­tons, lasts weeks.

Al­ter­na­tively, you can cre­ate a dis­play of small suc­cu­lents, which are rea­son­ably priced and will last for weeks or even months.

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