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Ask the Strategist: Can You Help Me Find Vases for Spring Plants and Flowers?

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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.

This black-and-white ceramic bottle vase looks great with our favorite never-needs-to-be-watered flower, the billy ball.

A slim, tall moment in colored glass.

If you, like me, love colored glass, then come enjoy this Hay vase.

A little something sculptural.

I’ve written about this Tom Dixon vase before, but I couldn’t not include it here.

And it also comes in this cone shape in black.

I’m a big fan of this Alvar Aalto vase, which celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2016. For that celebration, Iittala came out with the vase in an emerald green that’s hard to come by now, but I found one left at Yoox.

I love the way flowers can kind of hang across this long horizontal vase. You can also cut them short and line them up for a more orderly look.

If you’re still itching to get your hands on something Memphis, Ettore Sottsass designed this vase for Kartell.

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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Ask the Strategist: Vases for Spring Flowers