What’s in a vase?
A lot, as it happens…
Choosing the perfect vessel for your bouquets is more important than many of us realise. Flower extraordinaire and in-house designer at 89 Petals, Megan helps you find the ideal vase to display your blooms in all their beautiful floral glory…
Column vase: Same width from top to bottom
These are ideal for long stems and loose arrangements. A few stems of lilies or roses will create a simple design but with a chic, contemporary feel, allowing the vase to become part of the overall look.
Flared vase: Wider at the top than the bottom
This is probably the most common vase that many have at home, but can be a bit tricky as it doesn’t give your arrangement much support towards the top of the stem, where you most want it. However, these vases are great for fuller bunches and those with lots of foliage.
Diablo vase: Narrower in the middle
This is 89 Petals’ preferred choice, as it allows for maximum impact at the top. The stems are able to flare at the top, but the narrower middle keeps the arrangement in place and stops them flopping outwards too much. Plus, it’s a great universal option for lots of different flower types and a range of designs. Definitely one to have in the cupboard!
Rounded vase: Bulges out in the middle
These support your arrangement well at both top and bottom, and the vase is a strong feature in the design. It creates quite a structured design, which is quite different to the feel of the bouquets Megan creates at 89 Petals.
Fill these with short stemmed flowers, especially spring flowers like hyacinths and tulips. A large bunch of one flower type is really effective.
For short cube-shaped vases, you will need to pack it with lots of stems so you have maximum volume. Alternatively, use a small pitcher or jug if you’ve got less stems, as these pinch in around the neck to support the arrangement.
From jam jars, tin cans and even wellies, a vessel for your flowers doesn’t need to be a purpose-made vase.
Get creative with your floral designs and allow the vase to become part of the design. Megan says that anything that is receptacle and lined can be used to hold your flowers in place and create a statement at home – so let your imagination soar. Have a wander around boot sales and flea markets and see what catches your eye for some unique inspiration. Here’s some of our ideas…
- Jam jars with a simple strip of hessian or lace around the middle.
- Wine bottles, covered or painted.
- An empty perfume bottle.
- A Pringles tube, decorated with gems or covered with pencils.
- Tin cans, spray painted or covered. We love a can spray painted rose gold.
- A bulb – they’re all the rage at present.
- A pineapple – also very on trend. You could even spray paint it gold for an Oliver Bonas-esque finish.
- An old wellie boot. Be sure to line the boot with either a can or plastic bottle to hold the water and flowers.
- Antique pots, pans, jugs, medicine bottles etc.
89 Petals top tips
- Choose a clear glass vase over ceramic ones, so you can monitor the water and see when your petals require a fresh dose of water. It also allows the stems to become part of the floral design.
- Ideally your vase should be a third of the length of the stem, otherwise the arrangement is top heavy and could topple over.
- Fill the vase half full with water, and ensure there are no leaves and foliage beneath the water line. Most flowers are very thirsty and need nice deep water, especially petals like roses and hydrangeas.