Selecting a headstone flower holder to mark the grave of a loved one is an important part of creating a monument in that person's memory. There are a number of factors to take into consideration as you make decisions about how you will mark the grave of your loved one.
What to Consider When Selecting Headstone Flower Holders
You will want headstone flower holders to be durable and withstand harsh outdoor conditions. Additionally, you will need to take into consideration how the cemetery flower vase will be mounted to the headstone. Here are some options available.
There are a number of durable materials and finishes that will hold up well, even in extremely hot and cold weather.
- Granite is a popular material that will hold up well no matter what the weather. It is attractive and can be purchased to match the original headstone.
- Treated metal vases are lighter weight than granite and can be attached to the headstone in a variety of ways. Treated metal vases will hold up well in all types of weather. They usually have a baked finish, which makes them even stronger and more durable.
- Plastic stone vases are a treated plastic designed to be out in the weather. These vases are usually quite affordable and durable but will need to be replaced on occasion. Many are designed to be stuck directly into the ground near the headstone.
Another thing to take into consideration when selecting headstone flower holders is how they will be mounted. Will they be attached to a headstone, dug into the ground or staked? Part of your selection process for mounting may be determined by the requirements and/or restrictions of the cemetery, so check before you select a mounting.
- Cone vases are vases that have either a conical or flat bottom. On the bottom, there is a stake which allows the vase to be staked into the ground next to the headstone. Cone vases are designed to hold both silk and natural flower arrangements.
- In-ground vases are planted in the ground next to the headstone. When you are ready to use, the vase is pulled out of the holder which sits flush with the surface of the grass and turned over so that the vase now sits above the ground. This type of headstone flower holder is ideal for cemeteries that require that all memorials be flush with the ground so that mowing is easily achieved.
- Base mount vase and/or pot holders mount to the base of a headstone like a bracket. The vase is then placed in the bracket. This type of mount can be found at Monumate. They can hold either a vase or a flower pot.
- Side mount pot and vase holders are a bracket that screws directly into the side of a headstone monument. They can hold either a vase or a flower pot. Monumate also has this type of mounting available.
- A saddle mount holder mounts on top of a headstone, across the length of the stone with brackets that clip on to the stone. Flowers and floral arrangements can then be placed atop the saddle. Headstone Accessories offers this type of flower holder.
- Stake mounted pot holders are a metal bracket that mounts at the base of a headstone and are made to hold flower and plant pots.
Where to Buy Cemetery Flower Holders
Local monument dealers will have a number of options for flower and plant holders. The local dealers may also be aware of the regulations of each neighboring cemetery, so they will probably be able to help you find the right flower holder for your needs. There are also a number of online resources where you may find just the right headstone flower holders:
Everlife Memorials carries a wide assortment of cemetery flower vases made from durable materials such as granite, marble, bronze, aluminum, and in-ground. Depending on the type of vase, they can range in price from about $100 for a basic vase to $600 for specialty vases.
Thompson Monuments carries memorial vases in granite, marble, bronze, and metal. They have custom and niche vases as well. The prices start at around $100 and can go up to $600 for the larger granite vases.
Memorials.com sells cemetery flower vases and grave markers vases. They have a large selection of granite vases that are priced from about $140 to $400. They also carry bronze vases that range in price from $100 to $450.
There are many types of cemetery flower vases to choose from. The one you decide on should best reflect how you would like to honor and memorialize your loved one.