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Which Vase Shall I Choose?

Mixed size turquoise bottle vases displaying some dried flowers

Kate Blott |

The Best Vases For Your Fresh or Dried Flowers

If you want some fresh or dried flowers in a vase to brighten up a space, how do you go about making the best choice?

Perhaps you have been given some flowers, or you picked some up when you went shopping but now you remember you don’t have anything suitable to put them in. What now?

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9 Tips for Matching Your Vase and Flowers

Our guide below will help you get the perfect match. Don't be afraid to experiment!

  1. Try to keep stems no more than twice the height of the vase.
  2. Ensure the neck of the vase is wide enough to take the arrangement whilst still offering support.
  3. Check the base section will offer good support to the stems. If it’s much wider than the top, stems can slip down and be hard to ararnge.
  4. Complex vase designs are not always suitable for flower arrangements. Check capacity before you buy.
  5. Choose complementary colours for a harmonious look.
  6. Select contrasting colours for bold statements.
  7. Match muted tones with natural-coloured dried flowers.
  8. Contrast bright colours with the rich tones of fresh stems and foliage.
  9. Alter the look and feel of an arrangement with different vase material, colour, texture, shape, and size.
A group of four balancing stone style vases with decorative dried sunflowers in the foreground
‣ Our range of balancing stone vases are made from a terracotta material and hand-finished with a textured surface.

Vases and Flowers for the Office

There are lots of options available to brighten up working environments. Think about the existing aesthetic, human, and environmental factors that could affect your choice:

  • High-traffic area? Prevent accidents by using stable, flat-bottomed vessels that are harder to knock over.
  • Dried flowers are less likely to trigger allergies than fresh - great for communal or waiting areas.
  • In full sun? Why not choose some interesting coloured glassware to make use of natural light? Light-stable faux flowers will last longer.
  • On the dark side of the street? Add LEDs to the vase or its surroundings to create nice effects.
  • No time for maintenance? Go faux!
A group of three, varied height glass vases in different shades of pink.
‣ These coloured glass bottle vases reflect light beautifully. They work as pure decoration, or with a few floral stems.

Choosing your Flower and Vase Combination

Ask yourself what you’re trying to achieve:

  • Are you looking to make a statement?
  • Do you want to create something rustic, bold, or minimalist?
  • What is the colour theme?
  • Are the flowers fresh or dried?
  • Do you want to see the stems or hide them?
A short, pink twisty vase next to a taller, grey concrete vase, both containing dried flowers
‣ We offer a broad range of styles within our vases and ceramics collection - you're bound to find something to fit your aesthetic.

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Choosing the Right Vase

Vase construction is important. For instance, a large, statement bouquet of fresh flowers will require a tall, sturdy vessel with a wide opening: A small bunch of dried flowers will not. Don’t forget to check whether the vase is watertight, as unglazed vessels are usually porous and won’t hold water.

The chart below gives an overview of what works best for fresh or dried flowers, along with some product inspiration.

Glass Vases and Vessels

vases for fresh flowers

vases for dried flowers

Tall/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium weight to take water and long stems.

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Tall/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium weight to take long stems.

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A pair of glass vases of the same style in a green and brown option
‣ With translucent, contrasting patterns, these vases are great to hide unsightly stems.
a blue-green glass bottle with an intentionally imperfect finish, showing air bubbles within the glass, and a slightly distorted finish, displaying dried bullrushes and fluffy pampas grass.
‣ Heavyweight glass bottles are great for tall stems. For added weight, why not add some pretty glass beads?

Medium/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium to take water and medium to large arrangements.

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Medium/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium to take medium to large arrangements.

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Light Brown-Orange Balancing Stone-Style, Translucent Glass Vase with Fleck Detail
‣ Each balancing-stone vase has a unique colour and pattern. This muted orange is great for green or black stems.
Translucent Pink, Recycled Glass Jug
‣ Made from recycled glass, this jug has a delicate, antique pink colour. Preserved hydrangeas look fantastic in this vase.

Short/Small to Medium: Either medium to lightweight to take smaller amounts of water and small to medium arrangements.

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Short/Small to Medium: Either medium to lightweight to take small to medium arrangements.

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Glass Vase with White Pattern Detail
‣ Clear glass with opaque white spots make this vase ideal for dark, contrasting colours.
This image shows a pale green, frosted glass vase, with a medium wooden star tied around its neck, against a white background
‣ Opaque, textured glass with white detail, embellished with a bark star and tied detail. These could take candles or flowers.

Small/Light: Lightweight to take a few stems/small posy and a splash of water only.

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Small/Light: Lightweight to take a few stems or small posy.

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A collection of glass vases in different colours
‣ Petite glass vases in a range of colours. Perfect for small posies.
Comparison of tall and short bud vases in different colours
‣ Single stems look great in these hard-candy-coloured glass vases.

Ceramic Vases - glazed inside and out

vases for fresh flowers​

vases for dried flowers​

Tall/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium weight to take water and long stems.

Medium/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium to take water and medium to large arrangements.

Short/Small to Medium: Either medium to lightweight to take smaller amounts of water and small to medium arrangements.

Small/Light: Lightweight to take a few stems/small posy and a splash of water only.

Tall/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium weight to take long stems.

Medium/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium to take medium to large arrangements.

Short/Small to Medium: Either medium to lightweight to take small to medium arrangements.

Small/Light: Lightweight to take a few stems or small posy.

Ceramic Vases - glazed outside only

vases for fresh flowers

vases for dried flowers

Tall/Medium to Large: Ceramic with an unglazed interior will not hold water, and for this reason, we don't recommend using them with fresh flowers. Although we don't sell fresh blooms, we do have a few products that will work.

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Tall/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium weight to take long stems.

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Elsa, Ceramic Vase, Frosted Blue, H28cm
‣ Available in two sizes, this vase is ideal for taller stems.
Brown Ceramic Vase with Aztec Pattern Detail, H40.5cm
‣ Available in three colours, this vase is a great choice for tall stems.

Medium/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium to take medium to large arrangements.

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Medium/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium to take medium to large arrangements.

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Pico Vase, Blue/Grey, 14.5x18.5cm
‣ A flat bottomed vase with low centre of gravity, so capable of taking medium length stems.
Green Ceramic Vase with pattern detail, H30cm
‣ A large, sturdy vase, ideal for big bouquets.

Short/Small to Medium: Either medium to lightweight to take small to medium arrangements.

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Short/Small to Medium: Either medium to lightweight to take small to medium arrangements.

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Pico Vase, Beige, 9x18.5cm
‣ The same height as the vase above, this doesn't have the capacity to cope with tall stems due being narrow at the base.
Lilac-Grey Patterned Ceramic Vase, H19cm
‣ This retro-style vases looks great with dried blooms.

Small/Light: Lightweight to take a few stems or small posy.

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Small/Light: Lightweight to take a few stems or small posy.

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Pico Vase, Beige, 12 x 15cm
‣ A smaller version of the vase above, this petite Pico vase is just right for a couple of stems or buds.
Turquoise Ceramic Vase, H11cm
‣ Light dances on the crackle-glaze on this pretty bud vase.

Ceramic Vases - not glazed

vases for fresh flowers

vases for dried flowers

Unglazed ceramics will not hold water, and for this reason, we don't recommend using them with fresh flowers.

Tall/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium weight to take long stems.

Medium/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium to take medium to large arrangements.

Short/Small to Medium: Either medium to lightweight to take small to medium arrangements.

Small/Light: Lightweight to take a few stems or small posy.

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Ridged Patterned Porcelain Vase in Sand, H13.3cm
‣ Geometric lines on this vase complement the curves of the base.

Terracotta Vases

vases for fresh flowers

vases for dried flowers

Unglazed ceramics will not hold water, and for this reason, we don't recommend using them with fresh flowers.

Tall/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium weight to take long stems.

Medium/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium to take medium to large arrangements.

Short/Small to Medium: Either medium to lightweight to take small to medium arrangements.

Small/Light: Lightweight to take a few stems or small posy.

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A group of four balancing stone style vases in cream and terracotta colours, and of varying sizes
‣ This range of terracotta vases is available in two colours and four sizes.

Porcelain Vases - glazed inside and out

vases for fresh flowers

vases for dried flowers

Tall/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium weight to take water and long stems.

Medium/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium to take water and medium to large arrangements.

Short/Small to Medium: Either medium to lightweight to take smaller amounts of water and small to medium arrangements.

Small/Light: Lightweight to take a few stems/small posy and a splash of water only.

Tall/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium weight to take long stems.

Medium/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium to take medium to large arrangements.

Short/Small to Medium: Either medium to lightweight to take small to medium arrangements.

Small/Light: Lightweight to take a few stems or small posy.

Porcelain - Glazed outside only

vases for fresh flowers

vases for dried flowers

Not advisable as porous and will not hold water well. Will likely damage the product, and leak.

Tall/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium weight to take long stems.

Medium/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium to take medium to large arrangements.

Short/Small to Medium: Either medium to lightweight to take small to medium arrangements.

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A pair of unusually shaped vases in pink and white
‣ Tubular vases with a twist!

Small/Light: Lightweight to take a few stems or small posy.

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A pair of white and terracotta bud vases
‣ Twin-handle bud vases in cream or terracotta colour.

Porcelain vases - no glazing

vases for fresh flowers

vases for dried flowers

Not advisable as porous and will not hold water well. Will likely damage the product, and leak.

Tall/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium weight to take long stems.

Medium/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium to take medium to large arrangements.

Metal vases

vases for fresh flowers

vases for dried flowers

Tall/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium weight to take water and long stems.

Medium/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium to take water and medium to large arrangements.

Short/Small to Medium: Either medium to lightweight to take smaller amounts of water and small to medium arrangements.

Tall/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium weight to take long stems.

Medium/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium to take medium to large arrangements.

Short/Small to Medium: Either medium to lightweight to take small to medium arrangements.

Small/Light: Lightweight to take a few stems/small posy and a splash of water only.

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Small/Light: Lightweight to take a few stems or small posy.

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Grey Iron Bottle Vase, H20cm Iron grey vase
‣ These fine metal vases with handle detail have a matt finish.
Grey Iron Bottle Vase, H20cm Iron grey vase
‣ Available in four colour options.

Concrete Vases

vases for fresh flowers

vases for dried flowers

Take care with concrete to ensure it is sealed, and won't leak. Refer to manufacturer's guidance.

Tall/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium weight to take long stems.

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Antique style Cement Vase in Rust / Brown Finish. With central criss-cross design this vase stands 24cm high.
‣ A chunky, moulded vase, ideal for lots of flowers.

Medium/Medium to Large: Either heavy or medium to take medium to large arrangements.

Short/Small to Medium: Either medium to lightweight to take small to medium arrangements.

Small/Light: Lightweight to take a few stems or small posy.

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Different Vase Shapes

When choosing a vase, it isn't just about the material it is made from, the style and shape will have a bearing on the overall look of a display or arrangement too. Let's take a look at a few styles to see what's what!

Bud Vases

Hugely popular at the moment, these tiny vases are great when you want to show off a couple of stems, or a small posy. Great for dining or coffee tables, or even in the bathroom to add a little natural freshness.

A pair of glass bud vases in blue and green
‣ Cute glass bud vases with moulded dimple detail.

Traditional Hourglass Vases

Grey Glass Double Bowl Vase, H17.2cm
‣ This double bowl vase is a contemporary take on the traditional hourglass shape.

Many people have one of these at home as they are so versatile. With their sturdy bases and elegant, tapering necks that dip in, then arch outwards, they are perfect to showcase luxurious, medium-stemmed blooms like chrysanthemums, lillies, or peonies - roses also look fabulous!

Column Vases

Going for structure and height to make a statement? Then look no further than a cylindrical, column vase. Tall and elegant, they work for blooms with very long stems, but we love them with our extra long, fluffy pampas grasses.

This image shows a tall, tapering clear glass vase against a white background
‣ Although very slightly tapered, this glass vase is tall and ideal for lengthy dried stems.

Rectangular Vases

Whether it’s tall like the column vase or more squat, rectangular vases are great for bringing some contemporary style into a room. Stems can be trimmed to have a ‘flat top’ effect, or arranged in a more traditional way to offset the angular charm of the vessel, either way, these look amazing when paired with flowers or interesting botanicals and statement stems.

Round Vases

Hand Made Porcelain Vase with sphere shaped centre, this lovely vase is not water tight but means it is perfect to display our range of dried flowers and quality faux flowers
‣ For a variation on a round, or spherical vase, this terracotta example has an interesting top and base to contrast the centre section.

For a more organic feel, bringing a round vase into a room can give a homely look when paired with spherical blooms like verbena or the pom-pom-like scabious. Add contrasting heights to counter the overall roundness to add interest and depth.

Which Vase for Which Flower?

Choosing the right vase may not be as simple as just plucking an old jam jar from the cupboard and putting flowers in it, but with some thought and consideration, creating a variety of looks with a single vessel is possible.

Ultimately, it’s down to personal preference and a few simple design principles, so experiment! Don’t be afraid of trying different colours and textures and don’t forget to have fun with the process!

We offer a variety of glasses & ceramics, dried flowers and pre-made bouquets here at Atlas Flowers and we are always adding new styles and trends so check back regularly to see what’s offered - better yet, sign up to our newsletter and follow us on Instagram or Pinterest to keep up with all of our latest products.

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