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Choosing the Right Type of Vase Shape & Style

There’s no doubt that a bouquet of fresh flowers can really boost your mood and lift the freshness and ambience of a room. If you’re interested in how best to arrange your flowers and what type of vase to use, we’ve created this simple guide.

Bud Vase

Ideally when choosing a vase for your flower arrangement, you want the flowers to be one and a half times the height of your vase.

  • Choose a bud vase for short-stemmed flowers, or flowers with smaller blooms.
  • Don’t overcrowd the vase, small and simple arrangements with one or two flowers are best suited for bud vases.
  • Add interest and texture to your bud vase arrangement with branches and foliage.

Bulb Vase

Bulb vases have a unique bulbous bowl and narrow, tapered neck, ideal for growing bulbs, but are also a versatile vessel for different kinds of flowers.

  • Hyacinth and Crocus bulbs can be force-grown in a bulb vase.
  • Daffodils and Asteraceaes can create  a beautiful and delicate spring bouquet, ideally shaped for a bulb vase.
  • Fresh flowers are best. Find a local grower for the freshest seasonal flowers that will look amazing and last much longer.

Column Vase

A column vase is ideal for showcasing a single type of flower, or for mixing and matching a palette of your favourite colours.

  • Choose long-stemmed flowers to make the most of the height of a column vase.
  • Mix smaller blooming flowers amongst large blooms for interesting depth.
  • Column vases are perfect for creating large floral centrepieces for your table.

Round Vase

Round vases are perfect for creating a 360°  display of blooming flowers, showcasing the very best of large blooms.

  • Arrange roses in a circular pattern in a round vase. Once fully opened, they’ll create a globe of blooming colour.
  • Long branches, greenery and foliage can add interesting texture to a bouquet in a round vase.
  • Don’t forget to cut the flower stems so that they are one and a half times the height of the vase.

Tall vase

Tall vases are the perfect shape for making a no-fuss flower arrangement with minimal effort.

  • Choose a few of your favourite flowers and showcase them in a tall vase for a simple and organic look.
  • Cut at least an inch off the stems at a 45-degree angle as soon as you can. This gets water flowing into the stem again and keeps the flowers fresh.
  • Trim any greenery off the flower stems that will be below the water line in the vase, and don’t forget to change the water in the vase every 2-3 days.

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