Your choice of vase plays a big role in giving a bunch of flowers a distinct personality. To prove it, we asked florist Leigh-Ann Lucini of Canteloupe to arrange the same mixed bouquet in three different ways
“Whether it’s a vintage teapot or an old-fashioned jelly mould, if you have a vessel that you don’t use but you love its pattern, colour or shape, reinvent it as a vase,” suggests Leigh-Ann.
For an on-trend look that’s pocket-friendly to boot, split your bouquet up into a series of small vases or recycled glass jars and bottles, and cluster them together for impact. “Play with vessels of different heights and blooms of different textures for added interest,” advises Leigh-Ann, who’s displayed her mini arrangements on a distressed wooden ladder. For a similar look, you could do the same on a stepped bookshelf.
Simple yet stylish, a clear glass vase allows the beauty of fresh blooms to shine. “The in-and-out shape of this vase makes it easy to use as the neck holds the flowers in place,” explains Leigh-Ann. “For a modern look, cut the stems down so that the flower heads rest on the rim of the vase as I’ve done here. The added bonus is that most flowers will last significantly longer if they’re chopped short.”
[In this bouquet: Roses, Queen Anne’s lace, Inca lilies (alstromeria), bright pink celosia/cockscomb, glossy green ruscus leaves, willow branches and proteas.]