How to Choose the Perfect Vase for Every Bouquet

Knowing how to choose the perfect vase for every bouquet is one of the most fundamental elements of flower arranging. Today, we'll give you some of our top tips, so you can create beautiful arrangements every time.
How to Choose the Perfect Vase for Every Bouquet

Last update: 21 October, 2019

Flower arranging seems pretty simple, right? Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. In the world of flower arranging, the ability to choose the perfect vase for every bouquet is a vital skill.

When it comes to choosing the right vase, you need to forget your own personal tastes – to a certain extent. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t add your own touch. There’s a huge range of vases to choose from, so you can find one to suit your flowers and your style.

If you want to choose the perfect vase, there are a number of aspects you’ll need to take into account. Aside from the different types of flowers in your bouquet, you’ll also have to think about where you’re going to display them. For example, large vases need to be given pride of place in your room, so it’s important to make sure you have enough space.

Smaller vases, on the other hand, can easily get lost in the room. If you’ve chosen a small vase for a large, spacious room, it might be a good idea to buy a trio of identical vases to help them stand out.

Choosing the perfect vase

Choosing the perfect vase.

If you enjoy flower arranging, you’ll know that you can never know too much about vases. In fact, we recommend taking a look round local stores so you can compare the different options on offer. You may also want to buy a display cabinet where you can keep your vases when you’re not using them.

Short, tall, square, round – learn how to use them properly, and you’ll find that every vase has its place. When it comes to materials, we prefer glass vases, although there are a number of other options to choose from, including ceramic, wood, and even plastic.

Bud vases

Bud vases.

With their narrow bottlenecks and wide base, bud vases stand out from the crowd. These vases are perfect for simple bouquets, slim, delicate branches, and seedlings.

Bud vases are ideal for minimalist homes, so it’s best to avoid using them for larger flowers and more complex arrangements. Limit yourself to a few small branches, and be sure not to go overboard. Ideally, bud vases should be used for displaying a single branch or a small, delicate flower. Plants such as eucalyptus, gypsophila, and wild irises are perfect for these dainty vases.

Choosing the perfect vase – cylinder vases

Cylinder vases.

Although they are less common than some of the others we’ll be looking at in this article, cylinder vases are avant-garde, contemporary and stylish. While you will sometimes find larger designs, they are typically small in size and work perfectly with classic contemporary decor.

The only difficulty with these vases is they don’t have a neck, making arranging your flowers a little trickier. The simple lines mean the flowers will have to take center stage, so it’s important to contrast these vases with more elaborate arrangements.

Cylinder vases are perfect for large or colorful bouquets. Ideally, the stems of the flowers should take up the entire vase to ensure they stay in place – try using flowers such as tulips, violets, hortensia, and anemones.

Round vases

The round vase is a classic. Unlike cylinder vases, they usually have a slight neck, allowing you to keep your flowers firmly in place.

Round vases are perfect for bouquets with fine stems and large flowers, as well as arrangements that combine several different types of flowers.

You can also find fish bowl vases. They are almost completely round and don’t have a neck. These can be used for both individual branches and more complex bouquets, and are perfect for peonies, delphinium, dianthus, and roses.

Choosing the perfect vase – column vases

A glass column vase.

Column vases are very tall, making them perfect for long stem flowers. This type of vase is really elegant and sophisticated, so it’s best to choose flowers that match this overall style.

While the size of the flowers isn’t too important, try to make sure the stems are longer than the vase. Column vases are ideal for flowers such as roses and gladiolas, although they also work well with sunflowers and irises.

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