Tip: Since hyacinth and lilies are so fragrant, keep this in mind if you're entertaining in a tight space.
The color yellow is nearly guaranteed to make you smile — it evokes feelings of joy and lightheartedness. According to Teleflora, yellow is also a color of friendship and a bouquet bursting with yellow blooms sends a message of new beginnings and happiness. You'll find bright yellow tulips and gladiolas as well as big, smiling gerbera daisies and daffodils.
Tip: Don't combine daffodils (or any other member of the narcissus family) with other flower types. Narcissi exude a slimy substance that shortens the lifespan of other flowers by clogging their water uptake channels.
These are a popular color combination for Mother's Day, Glass said. Pastels such as pink convey grace, gentility and happiness. Add an element of innocence and humility by mixing in white blooms. Look for romantic pastel shades of roses, tulips, hyacinths and ruffled gladiolas.
Tip: Extend the life of your tulips — buy them when the flower heads just start to open (the bud should be closed, but with the color of the flower evident). Keep them away from heat sources. To keep tulips standing up nice and straight in the vase, pre-stretch them by wrapping in newspaper and setting in water for the first 24 hours.
The color red has an indisputable energy, bringing an essence of strength and passionate love. Lighten up the deep red and that passion gets a little more mom-friendly and fun. Mix shades of red, fuchsia, orange and other rosy hues for an updated, modern color scheme based on red.
Tip: You may be tempted to add fruit to your flower arrangement for an eye-catching arrangement but as the fruit ripens, it emits ethylene gas which can shorten the vase life of some flowers.