Tall vase ideas

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Tall vase ideas
Ornamental grass is best displayed in tall vases. (ornamental grass image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.com)

Flowers are beautiful and easily displayed with the help of vases. Tall vases can be more difficult to manage. Either you need taller plants or grasses, or you must improvise with your short flowers. You can use tall vases as temporary or permanent decor in any styled room. You could fix a simple, delicate display in minutes, or spend tedious time personalising your vase.

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Under water

Use tall vases for tall flowers. Use a light-coloured or clear glass vase, about 60 cm (2 feet) tall, with a tall flower like orchids, roses, hydrangeas or tulips. Drop the flower in the vase, submersed in water. The vase should be narrow enough to hold the flower upright but wide enough for the flower to fit. Change the water every few days and add plant food to extend the flower's life.

For a permanent decoration, use artificial flowers. Add a few drops of bleach to the water each week to keep it clean. Use colour-safe bleach to protect artificial colouring. These are beautiful decorations for centrepieces or shelves. If you have glass shelves that light up, this place is ideal for natural and artificial underwater vase displays. Try using several of them together or use different flower for differently styled rooms.

Tall grasses and flowers

Displaying dried grasses and flowers is also an option. Match the plant to the vase. Earth-toned, and stone, and terra cotta vases do well with tall grasses and thin sticks. These can be used to decorate wildlife and nature themed rooms. Karl Foerster feather reed grass is a fluffy, colourful addition to a tall grass vase arrangement. This ornamental grass has yellow seed heads that will add a colour pop. For a more vibrant colour splash, try pink crystal ruby grass. This grass grows up to 60 cm (2 feet) tall with pink and red clusters of flowers. These bloom through summer and fall.

For your base colours, try monochromatic grasses in your tall vase arrangement. Elijah blue fescue will add sleek, solid bluish green grass to your vase. This is a medium-height grass, about 30 cm (1 foot) tall. A variety of festuca grasses can be used in an ornamental arrangement.

Personalise the vase

Rather than using tall flowers and grasses, use any plant you like in a tall vase by filling the bottom. You can create a display beneath the flowers in a clear vase. For a simple fix to display short flowers, add decorative stones or marbles to the base of the vase. Consider adding other things like ceramic or glass pieces in various shapes like butterflies or stars. This is like a snowball display. If you only have unattractive stones to boost your shorter flowers, you can paint the bottom of the vase to camouflage them. Paint the vase to personalise its style for a room or gift. Clear or white vases are ideal for painting on.

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