Large glass bottle vase from The Forest and CoToday we’re looking at contemporary bottle vases.  If you’re a flower fan you probably won’t have missed that the internet is awash with inspirational pictures of single blooms, branches and leaves.

The easiest way achieve that kind of pared back, ikebana-style effect is to use a vase with a very narrow neck.  That way your single stem or branch rests snugly in the narrow opening and won’t roll around or need any other type of support or securing.

Sounds so obvious, doesn’t it?  I have to admit that it took me far too many failed attempts at flower arranging before I realised that the shape of the vase was absolutely critical to success. Duh. (I know).

But back to bottle vases.  I’m not talking about the kind of small bud vases that are traditionally used for  single stems.  They’re lovely, of course, and very useful for single buds or delicate small flowerheads on short stems.

Mar Extra Large Bottle Vase in light blue by MADEMar Extra Large Scratched Vase, MADE

No, today it’s all about very contemporary bottle vases.  Medium to large vases in glass or ceramic with a narrow neck just like a, well, bottle.  See, I finally learned their proper name.

And they’ve become a firm favourite of mine.  Firstly because you can take a single stem (or possibly just two or three) and create a truly stunning display in no time at all.

And secondly because I love their striking silhouettes.  Equally lovely when empty, they make brilliant ornaments unlike more utilitarian vases.

Scandi Stone Tall Vase, John Lewis

Right now a large, contemporary bottle vase is just perfect for branches of delicate Spring blossoms.  Then as the year progresses, any kind of tall, sculptural bloom or foliage will work.

I have agapanthus and crocosmia in the garden, and love to use their tall stems in a bottle neck vase later on in the season.  I’m excitedly planning to grow more flowers for cutting this year, and hopefully will bring you news of that project in future posts.

So here’s my round up of some very beautiful and useful contemporary bottle vases for your Spring blossoms and blooms – and the rest of the year too.

Contemporary bottle vases for Spring and beyond

Green Glass Bottle Vase from The National Trust Online ShopRecycled Glass Vase, National Trust Online Shop

Gilded Vases, Anthropologie

Dartington Crystal Aquilegia Bottle Vase, John Lewis

Large glass bottle vases with greenery and flowers

Large hand-blown glass bottle vases, Forest and Co

Contemporary ceramic bottle vases by Linda BloomfieldHandmade Porcelain Bottles, Linda Bloomfield at NOTHS

Contemporary bottle vases from Habitat against red backgroundBottle Vases, Habitat

Black Halla Earthenware Bottle Vases by MADEHalla Earthenware Vases, MADE

Artisan Ceramic Bottle Vase by John Lewis & Partners

Artisan Large Vase, John Lewis & Partners

I hope you’ve enjoyed the collection of contemporary bottle vases I found – happy arranging.

Images: brands and retailers as above

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