How to Use Vases and Pots for Your Flowers

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Vases and pots can make or break a flower arrangement. Conversely, a pretty vase or charming pot can add beauty to an otherwise so-so bunch of flowers. While some people have a knack for arranging flowers in vases, others find it hard to arrange bouquets in a way that looks nice.

Vases and pots come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s possible that the flowers that they have just aren’t a proper fit for the containers they use. With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at how you can use vases and pots for your flowers to show them off in the best way possible.

Column vases

Column vases are best for flowers with long stems. Strip the foliage of the stems but leave the flower and other leaves you’d like to highlight. It’s important to cut the flowers to a similar stem height initially. It’s much easier to shorten the stems as you go. Insert a few stems of foliage first to serve as anchor for the rest of the arrangement. Next, insert the longest flowers or the ones you want to stand out the most. Keep adding flowers. Work in a circle to make sure you cover every angle and add a few strands of ivy around the stems to cover them.

Cylinder vases

Similar to column vases but circular, cylinder vases have straight sides and are best for highlighting big bunches of flowers, or blooms with unusual shapes such as grape hyacinths and tulips.

Bottle-shaped vases

These vases have a long, narrow neck, making these suitable for flowers with slim stems. When you want to come up with a dramatic, minimalist effect without big blooms or foliage, using a bottle-shaped vase is the way to go.

Flared vases

They look nice, but flared vases don’t give much structure to floral arrangements. For flared vases, florists recommend making a bouquet first by pairing some foliage with the flower you want to highlight. Hold the bouquet with one hand while adding flowers at a sharp angle with your dominant hand. Rotating the bouquet as you add flowers will soon give you a pyramid-shaped bunch. Tie the bouquet with twine before inserting it into the flared vase.


Pitchers make for charming vases. For glass pitchers, florists suggest keeping arrangements loose, elegant and simple with flowers such as alchemilla and sweat pea. Loose bouquets work best. For ceramic pitchers where the stems are hidden or disguised, it would be better to create focus on the flowers–a big bouquet of hydrangeas tied with twine, for example. To prevent flowers from flopping over to one side, use a flower frog to keep stems upright and in place.

Small pots

Small pots, even empty jam jars, work best for small arrangements with different flower and herb varieties. Using three or more small pots adds a certain dainty charm to a small space such as a a small coffee table or kitchen counter where you don’t really want a big vase. On a dinner table, small pots add colour without getting in the way of conversation.


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