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Question: Now that it’s, hopefully, finally getting warmer on the East Coast, I’m starting to look for some vases for spring plants and flowers. Any suggestions?
In fact we do. While we’ve got this older post about vases that’ll make even the cheapest bodega flowers look great, I’ve collected some newer options below.
We’ll begin with this little ceramic pop of color.
Brightly colored flowers will really pop in this darker vase, that’s also made for a single stem.
Looks like a flask, but holds a surprising amount of flowers.
Or how about this twofer: a bookend and a planter.
A slim, tall moment in colored glass.
A little something sculptural.
And it also comes in this cone shape in black.
This mouth-blown smoky vase has a nice ripple effect. It would look good with a little succulent, too.
This clear jewel fits a single branch, or a flower or two.
An eye-catching shape in a high-gloss black to make sure your flowers are the center of attention.
If you’re more into metal, here, a set of three brass vases.
A couple weeks ago, New York Magazine photographer Bobby Doherty strolled by my desk to chat about how he’s really into vases and flowers where you can see the bulbs, as pictured above. With these vases, the water goes in the sphere on the bottom and the bulb sits right on top, soaking it in and growing into a flower. You can buy a single bulb, watch the whole stem grow into a flower, and enjoy the circle of life asserting itself right before your very eyes. Best to buy these in the spring when the flower part will actually start to bloom.
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