As Mother’s Day approaches, many of us are looking for flowering gifts for loved ones. We give flowers as gifts because they’re beautiful and festive. But many moms say they feel bad when the flowers fade after a few brief days of blooming.
If your mother, grandmother or any other special lady is sad to dispose of your gift soon after they have received it, consider giving them a perennial flowering plant instead of cut flowers. Perennials are plants that are hardy enough to be planted outdoors and survive the winter in your region. They provide years of beauty, many with minimal maintenance.
Some popular perennial plants that are ready to bloom in time for Mother’s Day include rose bushes, lilacs, and azaleas. Each of these shrubs are readily available at most nurseries and garden centers. They are reliable, beautiful, and come in a variety of colors.
Roses are a classic gift to a loved one, and have been given as a token of affection for hundreds of years. There are many varieties of roses, such as landscape roses, that require little attention once planted. They can provide several months of blooms once established in a sunny location, and newer varieties will not need much work to keep them looking stunning.
Roses are available in several color families, with shades of red and pink being the most popular. Red roses have long been one of the most recognizable symbols of love. Imagine the impact of hundreds of blossoms throughout the summer.
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Lilacs are flowering shrubs that bloom in mid spring in much of the US. Most of the flowers are shades of purple or lavender. Purple is a color long associated with royalty, once reserved only for noble families. Tell someone how special they are to you with the graceful violet blooms of lilacs and their sweet fragrance.
Azaleas are an excellent choice if your gift recipient has limited sun in their yard. Azaleas thrive in shade and partial shade. They have hundreds of trumpet-like flowers and their leaves remain green throughout the winter, even in colder climates.
Azaleas are said to represent fond remembrance of home, a perfect sentiment for Mother’s Day. They are available in shades of red, pink and purple, with dozens of variations of each color. Requiring little pruning, they are another low maintenance choice that make a thoughtful gift.
These are just a few of the perennial flowering bushes that are in bloom in mid-May. They make considerate gifts as they provide ongoing pleasure with little effort in the garden. That someone special will think of you for years when they see your gift blooming every spring.