Green Your Spring: 6 Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Cut Flowers

When thinking of spring what is the first thing that comes to mind – flowers! I feel lucky to live in Florida where we are surrounded by some type of flora or greenery all year long. However, I remember living in Colorado where the winters are long – I felt a constant longing for those springtime flowers to bloom.

When it comes to bringing springtime inside your home, your first thought might be to pick up a bunch of cut flowers from the grocery store. While cut flowers may look lovely in your home, most cut flowers sold in the US are flown from overseas, traveling thousands of miles to be enjoyed in your home for a few short days before they start to wilt and get tossed into the trash.

There are fantastic eco-friendly alternatives to cut flowers, bring these five into your home – you will enjoy them as just as much.

#1: Paper Flowers
I love the idea of paper flowers – especially if they are made from recycled paper. West Elm has a great selection, however they aren’t recycled. On the flip-side they will last forever if you take care of them.

+ Paper Flowers via West Elm

#2: Plants as Art 
I think that plants displayed as art are my favorite! I have been smitten with these hanging succulents planters forever. They are still on my to-do list!

+ Succulent Planters via Pinterest  

#3: Potted Plants
Our home is filled with potted plants – I believe we have 13 in our living room alone! Potted plants are fantastic because they will live almost indefinitely if you take care of them properly and they clean the air while beautifiy your home!

+ Potted Plants via One Kings Lane

#4: Fallen Branches
I definitely decorate with fallen branches, especially during the fall and spring months when it seems like I come across fallen branches the most often. They add a fun pop of color to your mantle and since they have already fallen, you are giving it new life. 

+ Fallen Branches via BHG  

#5: Dried Flowers
Dried flowers are fantastic because they will last a very long time and require no work – maybe a little light dusting from time to time and add a fun punch of color and texture to any room in your home. 

+ Dried Flowers via Flores del Sol  

#6: Terrariums
You already know my obsession with terrariums and succulents. Right now, we have a dozen of them in our home – Eben gives me one every year for my birthday and he even has a dinosaur terrarium in his bedroom!

+ Terrarium via Flathers Creations

What is your favorite eco-friendly alternative to cut flowers? I would love to hear.  

4 Responses to Green Your Spring: 6 Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Cut Flowers

  1. Lori Alper March 27, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    Your photos are gorgeous. I’m in need of flowers right about now-the ground is still covered in snow in Boston!

  2. AngelaLilly April 4, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    I love love love the succulent art! Gorgeous! I also love that one fern…I can’t remember what it is called but have always loved those!

  3. Sweet Greens April 9, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

    Hi Angie, Me too! It has to be my favorite! They are all amazing!

  4. Sweet Greens April 9, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

    Thank you Lori – it is bright and sunny here in Florida!

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