How to Choose the Perfect Vase for Your Flowers?

Whether buying blooms for a friend, family member, colleague or yours truly, a beautiful bouquet of flowers is guaranteed to put a smile on a special someone’s face and can brighten up even the dullest of days. But if you want to go that one step further, why not throw a vase into the mix too?

From simple, sophisticated glass designs, to brightly coloured vessels, there are vases to suit all tastes and styles, each promising to add that extra ‘wow factor’ to your blooms.

Selecting the best vase for the job

There are many aspects to consider when choosing the perfect vase, as there numerous ways to bring out the best of your blooms. From thinking about colours, textures and shapes, to trying something out of the ordinary, here are a few of the key things to think about…


First things first, you will need to pick the right size of the vase. There’s little point in trying to squeeze an oversized bouquet into a minuscule display unit. Similarly, adding a smaller bouquet to a vase that is too big will only leave your flowers looking lost.


Think about where the vase will sit and what colour of blooms it will house. To ensure your flowers look their best, choose a neutral vase that promises to match all bloom hues, or a colour-contrasting vessel, such as a blue vase for orange flowers or a yellow container for purple blooms. If the room you intend to display your flowers in boasts neutral decor, opt for a contemporary vessel in a simple hue. If you prefer a more eclectic style, choose a vase that is patterned, boasts a hot hue or is embellished with various decorations.


As well as considering the breadth of your vase, it’s important to consider the height too. Too short a vase will cause flowers to bend over the edge of the vase or worse still, topple over. A vase that is too tall however will hide blooms, which defeats the object of displaying flowers as a whole.


Do you know your bud vase from your column vase? Don’t worry if not, as we’re here to help! Appreciating the shape, style, height and breadth of your vase is extremely important when it comes to displaying different types of flowers. For example, a robust, the short square vase has been designed with shorter, wider blooms in mind, while tall, slender vases are more suited to elegant, lengthy flowers like delphiniums.

Asides from considering the styles of flowers you have available, consider the space in your home or office that you have to work with. If placing on a shelving unit or mantelpiece, a tall, light vase is more apt. If creating a focal point in the centre of a table, something more solid could be more preferable.

Traditional isn’t always the answer

Vases don’t have to be the same shape. Today, numerous interior designers are using various vessels such as milk bottles, jam jars, watering cans, coloured bottles and more to display blooms of all shapes and sizes. If you don’t have a traditional vase to hand, don’t be afraid to get creative!

Some key types of a vase

Bud Vases: Just as you would expect, a bud vase is designed with extremely delicate stems in mind – those that boast buds rather than blooms. These vases are ideally suited to blooms such as lily of the valley, eucalyptus, ranunculus or gypsophila.

Square Vases: This style of the vase is contemporary in style and more unique. They come in a range of heights and are ideal for displaying dense floral arrangements, such as those containing violets, tulips, hydrangeas, anemones or frangipanis.

Round Vases: Softer in style, a round vase is more suited to those with classic tastes. These vases are often used to display rose bouquets, peonies, snapdragons, delphinium, dianthus, tulips, alstroemerias and gerberas.

Get a free vase!

Want to purchase blooms and a vase at the same time? Then why not sign up for a flower subscription? When your sign up for a subscription with Serenata Flowers, they’ll give you a free vase with your first delivery, allowing you to unpack and display your blooms in one move!

Flower Subscription Services

Flower subscription services are an asset to those who enjoy dressing their homes with fresh, colourful blooms on a regular basis. Simply choose your preferred flowers, select a rolling date you’d like them to arrive on, and sign up with your delivery details and address. Your blooms will arrive directly at your door, weekly or monthly.

Asides from setting up a subscription for yours truly, this can make a great gift for a loved one! Not only do the blooms arrive with a free vase, but they will also be accompanied by care instructions, flower food and a personalised greeting card. What’s not to love?

Lily Calyx is our in-house flower whisperer, an expert on all things botanical and an enthusiastic orchids collector. She loves discussing the insights of the secret world of flowers, shares her gardening tips and hacks and moons over the latest additions to Serenata Flowers flower range. Ask Lily anything about flowers and we can guarantee she will have the answer.

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