How to keep cut lilacs fresh. Cut in morning. Cut stem at 45 degree angle when 1/3 flowers are still buds. Split stem up 1 inch and put directly in water. Remove leaves. Lilacs not taller than 1-1/2 times the height of vase. Keep out of direct sunlight. Use florist preservative if possible.
This small water feature is suitable for a Zone 6 to 9 residential garden in the city or suburbs, where it could be placed on a deck, terrace or patio. Purchase a sturdy wine or whiskey barrel that has been cut neatly in half.