Lilies are just one of the plants used as traditional Easter gifts, but certainly the most popular.
Hydrangeas, daffodils and other spring bulbs also fit the bill. But there’s no reason to toss them after the holiday, all these plants will be happy in the garden and return season after season.
The hydrangeas need the most thought when planting. Hopefully the plant you received is hardy, many are. There's really no choice when trying to save the plant. It needs to go outside, only time will tell if it lasts the winter. Improve the soil with compost and find a site with morning sun and afternoon shade if it’s available. When winter comes, surround the plant with burlap supported by wooden stakes. The covering protects the buds from freezing.
The lilies can be planted as soon as the flowers fade. They need good soil, improved with organic matter. Easter lilies are forced to bloom early for the holiday, but when planted outside, they will bloom the next summer.
The spring bulbs are easier to plant, when choosing the site be sure to find a place that will dry out in the summer. Even though fall is the best time to plant bulbs, these plants should go in the ground as soon as they are done blooming. One cool thing I found at nurseries around the area were daffodils planted from bulbs that weren’t sold last year. There are some really cool varieties and I love seeing them bloom before I plant them. They'll bloom next spring with all the other daffodils.
Don't let cool plants go to waste, use them in the garden.