The hostesses of their own plots have long been accustomed to flower pots and know how to make compositions from them on the site. But street vases are rarely used in private design, since their grace and luxurious look do not always fit into the village landscape. Once upon a time, vases were considered the prerogative of the royal courts, as they were too expensive. But today this stylish element of street decor can be seen in city parks, near office buildings, etc. Let us understand in more detail what vases are produced for the street today, how they can be used to create accents on the site and try to make an unusual vase with our own hands.
Unlike a flower pot, a vase has a special decorative effect due to its unusual shape. It is of two types:
This design raises the vase off the ground and accentuates the top, making it stand out from the grass and flower beds. Most vases are used as tapeworms, planting the most spectacular and vibrant plants in them.
Tall marble vases installed on the border of the lawn visually lengthen the territory and divide the space of the site into several zones
The shape on the leg is also called an urn, a goblet or a British vase, since it was in the English garden that this decor element was most often found. Today the shape of the cup is somewhat different from its predecessors in its restrained decor.
There is no abundance of stucco moldings, figurines, carved flowers and ornaments, which were richly decorated with vases of the Baroque era. And all because, in this guise, the vase does not fit into the modern landscape styles created in small areas. Luxurious decor is appropriate only in huge palace and park complexes, but not on 5-10 acres of land.
Therefore, modern manufacturers focus on materials and an unusual bowl shape, without cluttering the decor. Most often, such containers are cast from gypsum, concrete, fiberglass and plastic. People with high incomes purchase vases made of natural stone.
It is necessary to use the British vases richly decorated with reliefs and sculptures only as tapeworms, placing them away from lush flower beds
The rich texture of natural stone is the main decoration, therefore, such urn vases are not decorated with ornaments and stucco molding, but are carefully polished to give shine
From the era of Ancient Greece, we got floor vases, reminiscent of huge vessels with and without handles, with a wide neck and a narrow one. Outdoor options are rarely filled with live plants, since it is problematic to change the land and take care of the root system.
They are usually placed on a dais in order to focus on a specific area of the site, or they are filled with dried flowers and placed on terraces, in flower beds, near arches, pergolas.
Against the green background of weaving plants, the Greek vase looks very impressive, as it immediately attracts the eye.
In the twentieth century, the floor vase acquired an ascetic design and regular geometric shapes. No drawings - just clear lines and spectacular materials: metal, wire, plastic, glass, concrete.
In the street landscape, cubic, pyramidal and round vessels look good. As a rule, such vases are painted in a mono color or in two contrasting ones: black and white, black and red, etc.
Tall rectangular vases with boxwood growing in them can be a good option for separating an orchard or vegetable garden from a recreation area
Each type of decorative vessel is designed for a specific landscape style. If this is not taken into account, then even the most luxurious vase will look like an alien element on the site.
British vases are beneficial to use in gardens of regular and landscape styles, Mediterranean landscape.
A Mediterranean-style garden involves the creation of areas that are closed from prying eyes. And the British vase on the pedestal will fit perfectly into this landscape.
Tips for placing British vases:
By the way, note that British vases filled with pine branches look luxurious in winter. This is relevant for our snowy country.
Installation of British bowls on legs opposite each other in the corners of a certain zone unites the space, giving the landscape completeness
Vases-vessels fit well into the interior of the Italian garden, in fact, from which they arose. But it should be borne in mind that today the Italian style adheres to strict symmetry and geometry, which was not the case in the era of the ancient Greeks. Therefore, vases in Italy are placed in pairs, for example, at the entrance to the gazebo, near the fountain, on the steps of the terrace.
Where to put the vase in the eastern garden:
Oriental styles also use vessel vases, as the shape of the Greek vase is very similar to the Chinese one. But if in Italy restrained natural tones (gray, white, brick) are welcomed, then the East gravitates towards brightness. Vessels can be decorated with mosaics, painted in three or more colors, creating fancy ornaments.
A bowl filled with colored pebbles in a Muslim garden can become the center of a courtyard, emphasizing the symmetry and severity of the forms of the composition.
In modern styles, vases are used, invented exclusively in the twentieth century (not earlier!).
High-tech can be filled with a huge number of cubes, pyramids and other original forms of vessels. The main thing is that they are all created from the same material.
The solidity of the concrete pedestal, strict geometric lines and a minimum of plants in the bowl are all signs of a modern high-tech vase
For minimalism, 2-3 original vases, located in a certain rhythm, are enough. And if the vessel is of impressive size, then no more than one. The composition, as a rule, is placed on the lawn, and a single copy is placed in front of the house or at the beginning of the front walkway.
In the industrial style, the vase is used as a solitaire. It is placed so that it is possible to observe not only from all sides of the site, but also from the windows of the house. In this case, the design of the vessel should be super unusual, and the material should be wire, metal (possibly rusty). A low vase is placed on a brick pedestal.
A rare owner maintains a strict landscape. Usually in private backyards there is a mixture of styles (eclecticism). And in such a landscape, you can use any kind of vase, if it is in harmony with the rest of the decor of a particular zone, or create something original with your own hands.
By the way, homemade vases are also very appropriate in rustic styles, where the entire landscape emphasizes the owner's imagination and is not limited by the framework of style traditions. It is in these gardens that inexpensive plastic vases, vessels hollowed out of wood, and wicker bowls take root best. They are not used empty, but filled with fresh flowers, snags, reeds, etc. True, this decor will have to be removed for the winter, since wood and plastic are not frost-resistant, and will burst or twist from the temperature drop.
In rustic gardens, vases are placed in a chaotic manner, filled with many bright flowers, planted in several tiers
In rustic styles, vases are always part of the composition, mixing with flowers and decorative shrubs, figurines of animals or fairy-tale characters. They help to create a multi-tiered flower bed, while the pedestal is often hidden in low-growing plants. Therefore, the decor of vases can be very modest, wood and concrete do not stain, but preserve their natural texture.
It is not always possible to buy a decorative vase of the desired design and size, since only a few people are engaged in this craft. And constructions made of natural stone and concrete are also always expensive. But you can create a spectacular element of the landscape with your own hands, and in a very easy way.
Consider three options for homemade vases.
If you have never dealt with the creation of vases or at least some sculptural forms - start with this vase. It is made from old rags - knitted sweaters, coarse woolen fabric or burlap. In short, find a thing that has lost its spectacular appearance - and get started.
An unusually spectacular design and the simplicity of creating a rag vase ensured them high popularity among summer residents and owners of private houses.
The technology for creating floor vases from old curtains or skirts is so simple and straightforward that any non-professional can try it on his site.
For work, stock up:
If you have a piece of plastic pipe with a large diameter left after installation work, you can decorate it with a material soaked in cement, placing the fabric in folds. The product turns out to be very original in design and will suit any modern style garden.
Decorating an old container with a material soaked in concrete, you get an unusual and durable floor vase that is not afraid of winter and rain.
It happens that a plastic vase was once bought into the house, which has already lost its relevance and does not fit into the new landscape. Give it a second life by decorating it with rubble. And then it will acquire the features of a classic stone vase.
A small crushed stone vase fits into any style, where natural materials are taken as a basis, therefore it is placed both in the oriental garden and in the village
To do this, you will need:
Outdoor varnishes have a wide range of colors, so you can give the finished vase the desired shade and at the same time protect it from moisture.
Instead of Fairy, some craftsmen add PVA glue or bustilate to the solution to provide the vase with strength, but these plasticizers are more expensive.
For country style, you can create a vase from branches. It will be of an elongated cylindrical shape, since a plastic pipe is taken as a basis. For decoration, you will need burlap and even thin dried tree branches. They are easy to find in a clearing in the forest.
A vase decorated with small twigs of trees goes well with a wicker fence, furniture made from tree cuts and a Moorish lawn
To extend the service life, it is better to clean the wooden vase indoors for the winter.
If the vase will stand in the open air, you can soak the burlap with vegetable oil to protect it from moisture, and varnish the branches.
For this option, we have a video instruction for you:
Based on the presented master classes, you can create original elements of garden decor, and all the vases will be unique and inimitable. The main thing is not to overdo it with quantity, otherwise the landscape will lose its natural appearance and harmony.
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