Whether it be for a special occasion or just an ordinary Tuesday, receiving a bouquet of flowers will always put a smile on someone’s face. It becomes another thing, however, when deciding on the right vase for those flowers. A vase isn’t just a vase—there are different shapes and sizes that fit particular flowers. Here we go through the top vase types and what kinds of flowers they’re perfect for:
Cylinder vases, also known as column vases, are tall and narrow. Flowers with tall stems and large heads such as sunflowers or lilies are a perfect fit for a cylinder vase. This is because a cylinder vase can keep the shape of the bouquet under control without damaging any of the petals or leaves.
Hourglass vases have a narrow neck and a wide bottom. This makes them well-suited for short-stemmed flowers with larger heads. Roses, hydrangeas, and peonies are just a few examples that could fit well inside of an hourglass vase.
Shaped similar to a fishbowl, round vases are best for flowers with very short, cut stems that have their heads floating at the top. As long as you cut the stems properly, any type of flower will work with a round vase. The key is cutting the stems to the height of the vase in order to create a dome shape with your flower heads.
While not the most common vase type, rectangular vases are nonetheless becoming increasingly popular in modern homes. For these you’ll want to spread out your arrangement, using flowers of the same type.
Square vases come in one of two types: cube and tank. Cube vases are small and meant to feature one type of flower (think violets or anemones—flowers that have a lot of buds on them). Tank vases, meanwhile, are taller and good for flowers with large stems of foliage that need room to flourish.