A living gift is a great idea for Mother’s Day. Whether she lives in an apartment or in a house with a big yard, there is a plant for every mom.

Hanging baskets can brighten up a porch, balcony, or sunny window. Many garden centers offer a variety of sizes and color combinations. They can be moved easily, so she can bring them indoors if we anticipate a late-spring frost.

Fragrant Plants

To make Mom’s porch, patio, or yard smell great, look for fragrant flowers like heliotrope or dianthus. Heliotrope features lots of small, beautiful, blue/purple or white flowers that have a great sweet scent. Its smell is so lovely that it’s been used in perfumes since the 1800s. Dianthus often known as “pinks,” have a bit of a spicier scent—some say they smell a bit like cinnamon or clove.

Plants that show the love

A unique way to show Mom that you love her is to include some plants with heart-shaped leaves or flowers. The petals of the Petunia Amore Queen of Hearts are bicolored, with the pink color coming together to form little hearts. Sweet potato vine has lovely heart-shaped leaves, as does Brunnera macrophylla, which is often called Siberian bugloss. Both of these plants do well in containers.

Flower suggestions

*Hanging baskets; Confetti Hot Spring Fling, Kwik Rocky Mtn High, Trixi CO Kaleidoscope – Verbena, petunias & calibrachoa in basket are waterwise. TIP: Can just insert whole plastic pot into moss basket for aesthetics and better water retention.

*Geranium Big EEZE Foxy Flamingo – Geraniums are Japanese Beetle resistant, and easy to grow.

*Petunia Hells Glow – Waterwise, Unique color (Orange not typical of petunias)

*Salvia g. Hummingbird Falls, – Very waterwise, attracts hummingbirds, 1st trailing variety of this type.

*Dahlia Venti Red & White

*Perennials – Waterwise choice, come back year after year.

If you want to give Mom a living gift that will truly keep on giving, consult a landscape professional. Talk with your garden expert!