Ideas for flower urns

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Ideas for flower urns
Large or small, flower urns are a versitile accessory to your home. (urn image by Gareau Enterprises from

Flower urns, unlike most flower vases, generally are vessels that are set on a pedestal or feet. Flower urns can be small enough to be set on a table top to very large, up to 3 or 4 feet tall. Flower urns are not just for cemeteries but can be used as accents in landscapes, seasonal displays, special occasion celebrations, and centrepieces. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination and creativity.


Medium- to large-sized flower urns can accent any area of your landscape, garden, home entryway, or patio. Because larger flower urns often do not have a drainage hole, before adding potting soil and plants, either drill a drain hole in the bottom or put 3 to 4 inches of clean pea gravel or small rocks in the bottom. Grow a focal flowering plant, small tree or topiary in the centre of your flowering urn, then surround it with coordinating colourful shorter plants. Finally, add cascading vines or flowering plants, like lobelia, petunias, or alyssum.

Seasonal Displays

Decorating a flower urn to reflect the season or current holiday is an easy, festive way to brighten your entryway, yard, or patio. Add styrofoam or plastic images, like shamrocks for St. Patrick's day or stars for the Fourth of July, that are attached to wire rods you can stick in between the flowering plants, then wrap the flower urn with a fancy, wide ribbon, tied into a big bow. Summer can have plastic or silk fruit, such as grapes or berries, tucked around the flowers, while at autumn time change to silk leaves, vegetables, or colourful gourds. Winter is ideal for adding a string of twinkle lights to your plants in the flowering urn.

Special Occasions

Using flower urns as flower arrangement vases for special occasions adds an air of elegance. Two flower urns full of matching floral arrangements, set on pedestals at the aisle entrance, gives the occasion a sense of formality and beauty. Using the same technique of floral arrangements in flower urns is an easy way to turn milestone anniversaries and birthdays into an event worth remembering.

Table Tops

Smaller flower urns filled with a floral arrangement, plants, or other objects are attractive accents for any counter top or table. Instead of using live plants or flowers in your urn, substitute a realistic silk plant or silk flowers for your arrangement. Change the silk flowers or plant to fit the season. Fill your small flower urn with objects like seashells, glass balls, potpourri, or artificial fruit for a totally different look.

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