how to pair flowers with proper vases
Published May 13, 2016 6:00 AM
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We’ve all been there before. We buy flowers from the market or – if you are lucky enough – pick them straight out of the garden and then spend 10 minutes or so, trying to figure out the correct vase to store them in. Sound familiar? Not to worry, we rounded up a few classic florals and paired them with their correct vases. Take a look.
HYDRANGEA These modest florals come aplenty during the spring and summer. Often lengthy, it’s best to pair them with vases that are both tall and slightly thicker in diameter. Use the number of hydrangeas in the arrangement as a reference point for the diameter of the base – increasing in width with each additional flower. This will provide a sturdy base for the top-heavy flowers and will keep the stems out of sight.
As a result of the hydrangeas’ deceptively thin stem, a more narrow vase can also work as well!
ROSES These delicate florals are pure elegance regardless of how they are displayed. We opted for a more stunted arrangement where the roses were trimmed about halfway up the stems. This allowed the focus to remain on the bulbs themselves. We also added in a few green fillers to accentuate the bunch with an illusion of a thicker bouquet.
ORCHIDS These exotic flowers may not last as long when de-rooted but they sure make for a beautiful arrangement! Pair stemmed orchids with a tall cylinder vase, preferably one that is clear. This will evoke an effortlessly chic effect where the sole focus of the piece lies within the florals.
LILACS This quintessentially spring floral needs little else in terms of an arrangement. For as fragrant as they are, three single stems were just enough to fill the room with the sweetest smells of the season. For longer-stemmed florals opt for a wider vase with a more narrow top lip to keep the top-heavy flowers in a reserved bunch. Alternatively, a tall hourglass shaped vase will serve the florals with a similar function.
PEONIES The things with peonies is that they look stunning regardless of where they are stored. Nonetheless, there are a few things to keep in mind when creating an arrangement. For the longer-stemmed sort, opt for an equally lengthy vase – both round and rectangular work. Alternatively, you can also trim the peonies and house them in a short and compact bud vase to show off more of the blooms.
TULIPS Similar to the orchids, tulips are best when placed within a tall cylinder vase to help secure the lengthy structure of the stems. For the more droopy variety, consider a loosely lipped vase or a tapered one to keep the buds in place.
FILLERS When displaying wax flowers, cherry blossom branches, or various floral fillers, the focus tends to stay on the vase itself. Think of this as an excuse to utilize a more untraditional or unexpected piece. Consider a bud vase for a shorter arrangement or think bigger with a geometric variety.