A few flowers in a slim vase add an elegant accent to any room. The best flowers to put in a thin vase are those with a long, sturdy stems to support the bloom or blooms you choose for display. Since only a limited number of flowers will fit in the vase, select flowers with showy blossoms, little or no branches and limited foliage.
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The first blooms of spring bring a variety of flowers that create a simple display in a slim vase. Tulips are one choice, because of their long, thin stems and blooms that come in many colours. You can also cut a few daffodils to add a fresh scent to a room and bring a little bit of your garden into your home. Cut flowers as close as you can to the base of the foliage it grows from to insure it's long enough to display well in the vase. A good rule of thumb when arranging flowers in a thin vase is to cut the flowers so their length is about one and a half to twice the length of your vase.
A single bloom of freesia, lily of the valley or an orchid blossom are a few elegant blooms that suit a thin vase for display. If space permits, add a sprig of foliage or a curly twig to the vase to set off the bloom. Tiger lilies from your garden come in several colours and offer a showy burst of colour, and fit slender vases due to their long stems. Remove any excess foliage along the stem where it would fall within the vase.
Tropical flowers come in many vibrant shades and exotic shapes. Ginger flowers, red or pink arums and bird of paradise are some of many tropical flowers that can be arranged in a thin vase. Since these flowers are more robust in size and top-heavy, make sure the vase you use is stable enough to hold the floral arrangement without tipping over.
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Cherry or apple blossoms, on their woody stems, make delicate floral arrangements. Select a branch that grows very straight with more blooms near the end. Trim off any excess leaves or flowers that would fall below the mouth of the vase. You can also use the yellow blooms from a forsythia bush, lilacs or the purple blooms from a butterfly bush. These blooms only last a few days, however, once cut.
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