Flowers are a popular gift for Mom. But cut flowers wither and die after just a few days, so why not get Mom a living bouquet instead so that she can enjoy your gift to her for years to come? Live plants and flowers are becoming more and more popular. So which living flowers make the best live arrangement? If you want the plants to live, that takes a little more thought than a cut-flower arrangement, so here are some ideas to help you start.
Does Mom have a big yard or no yard at all? If Mom has a large yard, the nursery gate is wide open. You can select from a variety of plants that would be at home in the ground. If Mom does not have a big yard (or perhaps no yard at all) then you might consider a more compact plant that would do well in a pot sitting on the front steps or hanging from an eave. If there is simply no room outside at all, then how about a houseplant?
Does Mom’s yard have lots of hot sunny spots, or mostly deep shade? This is going to make a big difference what kind of plant you should get.
For full to partial sun, pink and white phlox and brilliant blue Lithodora are both naturally in bloom during Mother’s Day in many northern areas. Or how about a beautiful and fragrant lilac? For southern areas, see if you can find hibiscus or hardy lilies. For hanging or cascading pots in many areas, consider Petunia mixed with Candytuft or more delicate Alyssum.
For medium to light shade, Azaleas and Rhododendrons make lovely Mother’s Day gifts. They are evergreen and hardy and are in full bloom in many northern areas. For milder climates, look for roses or Flowering Tobacco for in-ground upright blossomers. For hotter climates, look for beautiful, multicolored Lantana. (This was always one of my favorite flowers when visiting Texas.)
For medium to deep shade, consider flowering Oxalis or Hosta with their beautiful foliage for more northern climates. For more southern climates, I would suggest Lantana again, and perhaps gerbera daisies. For hanging baskets, fuchsias and trailing Lobelia make a beautiful pairing.
Good indoor plants for bright light (not direct sun) is a leathery-leaved Kalanchoe, which may produce brilliant blossoms several times if cared for properly. An Angel Wing Begonia or Begonia Escargot would also be happy in a bright spot out of direct sun. Indoor begonia flowers are typically far less impressive than their colorful leaves, so you don’t need to worry about finding one in bloom.
Good indoor plants for moderate to low light, I would begin with recommending a peace lily. Their deep green foliage is typically spotted once per year with creamy, somewhat cone-shaped flowers. And, of course, this Mom’s most beloved flower, the African Violet, would be a wonderful flower for moderate to low light, even happy under florescent light.
Hope this helps you kids start thinking about this year’s gift for your Mom, especially since it’s only a few days away.
And Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! I bet you know what you’re going to get from me this year… again! 😉