Our Fleuristas teach many flower arranging workshops at Kate’s Garden; almost every week from Valentine’s Day until the New Year. We teach everything from Basic Floral Conditioning to Advanced Flower Arranging Workshops. Many of our clients complain about having too many hard-to-work-with vases or not the best ones to showcase particular blossoms or arrangement styles.
It got us to thinking about our “go-to” vases. The vases our Fleuristas reach for to help overcome the various design challenges that certain blooms present. Our first ever Pop-Up Flower Markets gave us just the right opportunity to narrow down to our Top Ten Vase Choices.
Before sharing our vase and tool secrets, we need to give a huge shout out to our Four Fabulous Female Flower Farmers. Fairy Patch Farms, Eastcliffe Farms, The Flower Farmer and Perennial Petals outdid themselves providing us with an outstanding array of fresh cut, local, seasonal blooms at the peak of the growing season.
Flowers from our August Pop-Up Flower Market.
The bounty of choice provided by our Flower Farmers also allowed us to showcase several key styles of Flower Arranging and some simple display techniques as well.
Most of the vases depicted here are in clear glass. Clear glass vases are our preferred choice as they showcase the flowers best. However, the shape of the vase is even more critical than the colour or design.
Bud Vases are terrific for using up leftover blooms. Multiple bud vases are also handy for a smattering of “Single Note” blossoms.
Wide-mouthed flare vases are a little more expensive to fill but are essential for supporting any hand-tied, spiraled bouquet. Hostas and blackberry branches collar Queen Anne’s Lace, Spray Roses, Celosia and Hydrangea.
Handy vases for centrepiece work. Here we created a foliage grid with salal tips, leather leaf, seeded euc and hosta. The grid makes it super easy to display the snapdragons and lisianthus.
These utility vases are useful for tall line flowers. Japanese Anemone are showcased using the inside out look depicted on the right. On the left, a snapdragon is submersed upside down in water, held in place with a floating candle and lit up with a Water Lite.
Tall, Cylinder Vases
Tall, cylinder vases are essential for branchy arrangement and tall line flowers. Use a single flower or two encased inside the vase to show off the blooms…and make them last significantly longer.
Rectangular Cube Vase
This flat-backed vase is perfect to hold Presentation bouquet upright; with sweet peas, Amaranthus, Queen Anne’s Lace and Cosmos hand-tied with raffia.
Ginger Jars and Vases with a “Choke Neck”
Arranging flowers in vases that have a choke neck costs less money because it takes less flowers to fill them. We used celosia, milkweed and coxcomb for this spiraled arrangement.
Mason Jar “Choke Vase”
Nothing like a Mason Jar to showcase a Farmhouse style of Flowers. Only a few blooms are required to fill the vessel.
The pods from poppies and zinnias suit this style.
Another go-to utility vase for large bunches of long-stemmed flowers. We use this double vase technique to hide our stem work; filling the gap with stones, coffee beans, jellybeans, candy corn, etc.
Tall, Flat Vases
Tall, slim vases are perfect for tulips. These Gooseneck Loosestrife have been spiraled and arranged so that the stems are suspended.
These rounded shapes are ideal for showcasing a few mass flowers; peonies, roses and hydrangeas. Small, stacked fishbowl vases are great to showcase single, floating blooms.
The most on-trend form of Flower Arranging is the Dutchmaster or Foraged Style. It is meant to look like the asymmetrical, free-form style often depicted in Dutchmaster oil paintings. A pedestalled vessel is essential for the Dutchmaster style.