Top Ten Vases for Flower Arranging

Our Fleuristas teach many flower arranging workshops at Kate’s Garden; almost every week from Valentine’s Day until the New Year.   We teach everything from Basic Floral Conditioning to Advanced Flower Arranging Workshops. Many of our clients complain about having too many hard-to-work-with vases or not the best ones to showcase particular blossoms or arrangement styles.  

It got us to thinking about our “go-to” vases.   The vases our Fleuristas reach for to help overcome the various design challenges that certain blooms present.  Our first ever Pop-Up Flower Markets gave us just the right opportunity to narrow down to our Top Ten Vase Choices.    

Before sharing our vase and tool secrets, we need to give a huge shout out to our Four Fabulous Female Flower Farmers.    Fairy Patch Farms, Eastcliffe Farms, The Flower Farmer and Perennial Petals outdid themselves providing us with an outstanding array of fresh cut, local, seasonal blooms at the peak of the growing season.    


Flowers from our August Pop-Up Flower Market.   

The bounty of choice provided by our Flower Farmers also allowed us to showcase several key styles of Flower Arranging and some simple display techniques as well. 

Most of the vases depicted here are in clear glass.   Clear glass vases are our preferred choice as they showcase the flowers best.   However, the shape of the vase is even more critical than the colour or design. 

Bud Vases 

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Bud Vases are terrific for using up leftover blooms.   Multiple bud vases are also handy for a smattering of “Single Note” blossoms. 

Flare Vases 


Wide-mouthed flare vases are a little more expensive to fill but are essential for supporting any hand-tied, spiraled bouquet.   Hostas and blackberry branches collar Queen Anne’s Lace, Spray Roses, Celosia and Hydrangea.   

Square Cubes 


Handy vases for centrepiece work.   Here we created a foliage grid with salal tips, leather leaf, seeded euc and hosta.   The grid makes it super easy to display the snapdragons and lisianthus. 

Cylinder Vases


These utility vases are useful for tall line flowers.   Japanese Anemone are showcased using the inside out look depicted on the right.  On the left, a snapdragon is submersed upside down in water, held in place with a floating candle and lit up with a Water Lite. 

Tall, Cylinder Vases


Tall, cylinder vases are essential for branchy arrangement and tall line flowers.   Use a single flower or two encased inside the vase to show off the blooms…and make them last significantly longer. 

Rectangular Cube Vase


This flat-backed vase is perfect to hold Presentation bouquet upright; with sweet peas, Amaranthus, Queen Anne’s Lace and Cosmos hand-tied with raffia. 

Ginger Jars and Vases with a “Choke Neck” 

Arranging flowers in vases that have a choke neck costs less money because it takes less flowers to fill them.   We used celosia, milkweed and coxcomb for this spiraled arrangement. 

Mason Jar “Choke Vase”


Nothing like a Mason Jar to showcase a Farmhouse style of Flowers.   Only a few blooms are required to fill the vessel. 

The pods from poppies and zinnias suit this style. 

Gathering Vases


Another go-to utility vase for large bunches of long-stemmed flowers.   We use this double vase technique to hide our stem work; filling the gap with stones, coffee beans, jellybeans, candy corn, etc. 

Tall, Flat Vases


Tall, slim vases are perfect for tulips.   These Gooseneck Loosestrife have been spiraled and arranged so that the stems are suspended. 

Fishbowl Vases 


These rounded shapes are ideal for showcasing a few mass flowers; peonies, roses and hydrangeas.   Small, stacked fishbowl vases are great to showcase single, floating blooms. 

Pedestal Vases  


The most on-trend form of Flower Arranging is the Dutchmaster or Foraged Style.   It is meant to look like the asymmetrical, free-form style often depicted in Dutchmaster oil paintings.   A pedestalled vessel is essential for the Dutchmaster style.  

Kate's Own Hygge Home

Solutions from Kate’s own home for a Cozy, Hygge, Organized Home

What is Hygge?

·       Nature-Based Décor

·       Houseplants and Flowers

·       Twinkle Lights and Candles

·       Decluttering, Cleaning and Organizing

·       Simple Entertaining, Comfort Foods and Baking

·       Unplugging


Note the Reading Nook – when no technology is allowed.   A cozy, comfortable corner.  I can not get through a day without reading….  I wake up and read for a few minutes and read before sleeping at night. 


 Take Note of the slippers in the vintage suitcase on the bottom shelf in the front entrance foyers.   Coupled with greenery and candles – the invitation is relaxed and cozy.   The message to our guests is to come in, get your feet warm and relax.

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The key to organizing is a place for everything and everything in its place.   Kate’s husband Jim is a great carpenter in his spare time.   He filled this unused area with open space shelving to keep items where we need “finger tip accessibility” on display.    Along with a few baskets, it stays neat and tidy; a good example of organizing prettily.

 The basket with the market bag in it on the left is my own personal “launching pad”.    Throw my things into it when I get home from work and I fill it with the things I need to get “launched” for each day.     I keep a few houseplants in this window which is in the kitchen.   I see them each day and they do “spark joy” as well as oxygenating the room; so important during the winter months.


When you can not store – display!

Our kitchen is the hub of our home but the truth is, it lacks cupboard space.   We used this vintage shelving unit (an old paint cupboard from my in-laws garage which was given a sanding) to store our cookbooks, serviettes, easel for cookbooks,  and aprons. 

Visually appealing, it stores frequently used items in the kitchen for ready “fingertip accessibility”.   Along with our serving boards, this has become a very handy storage unit.

Fingertip accessibility just means knowing where your stuff is at a moment’s notice!  Hallmark of an organized home.


In a kitchen with limited counter space, we got the clutter off the kitchen counters by creating a coffee bar this winter.   So handy!  


Communication Command Central: Calendar, a mail catch-all, gift certificates and a message board at the entrance to the Mud Room as we enter from the garage.   Even with the kids grown and gone, this Communication Centre helps us so much.


 Key and Mail caddy in the Mud Room.   We use the little red mail box to contain any letters that need to be mailed and we can always find our keys!


 Candles, foliage and vase at the ready for fresh flowers.  Candlelight, especially during the winter months, is a Hygge essential.   I keep the vase on display even when I do not have flowers…as a reminder to buy some!   We change up the chalkboard behind the vase with inspirational sayings each month…or to leave the grocery list…

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Fingertip accessibility for knitting…cozy winter pastimes!   While I watch Netflix, I usually knit.   It makes me feel less guilty about my Netflix addiction. 


 Fairy lights are also a Hygge essential.   I am not a fan of lights strung in windows but I love using these bottle lights. 


Decorating your home with nature-base elements is a great Hygge practice.   I found this amazing      wall-sculpture last year at the Peterborough Garden show.  It is made of driftwood and a painted stone.    Jim and I are both pretty much obsessed with both wood, stone and bears so this makes us both happy.


 This shelving display comes alive each evening with battery-operated Real Lites.   The glow of the candlelight is a wonderful welcome home when returning from work on a wintry evening…and during dinner parties.   We have become avid Hygge entertainers.   Our dinner parties have changed from elaborate, gourmet affairs to comfort food and board games.   We have found that our guests stay longer as they are even more relaxed.