Lilies' compelling fragrance and undeniable beauty have earned them a special place in the hearts of flower fans.
Dorien van den Berg, one of the floral designers featured at this year's Lilytopia exhibition in Pennsylvania, shares tips for creating your own breathtaking lily bouquet at home.
- Instead of just one large vase, try arranging lilies in multiple vases and using a tray to anchor the grouping together.
- Use a sharp knife, not scissors, to cut down your stems.
- Complement lilies with found materials from the natural world -- grasses, sticks, and corn stalks can add a rustic quality to the arrangement. On "The Martha Stewart Show," Dorien used steel grasses to give her display a field-like quality.
- Don't be afraid to mix heights. A loose, natural look can be achieved if complementary grasses are taller than the flowers and the flowers "grow" at different heights out of the vase.
- Change the water every two days, and consider letting the flowers "change" their own water by drinking it up -- with only enough water in the vase to drink up every two days, the flowers will never have stale water. As the water level drops, just add more fresh water.