- May 10, 2019
- Ideas & Trends
Flowers and plants are traditional Mother’s Day gifts, but consider a plant that offers more than just a pretty look when putting together a hanging basket or container of plants for Mom this weekend.
Who wouldn’t enjoy looking out at their flowers and seeing adorable little hummingbirds? To attract these pollinators, try salvia greggii Furman’s Red. It has beautiful magenta-red flowers, can bloom from June to October, and can provide food for hummingbirds and other pollinators all summer. Plus, it is an extremely drought-tolerant plant. That might not be an issue right now, but in Colorado water-wise plants are always a good idea.
Butterflies will love the small white flowers of Little One Verbena (Verbena bonariensis) as well as the blooms of zinnias, which can add a pop of vibrant color to a container garden. Lantana, which are in the verbena family, feature a beautiful mix of red, orange, and yellow. The color, shape, and smell of lantana flowers meet all of the preferences for many butterfly species, including the painted lady butterflies we saw swarming in Colorado a couple of years ago as they migrated.
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 (pictured above), 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 bi-colored, 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.
Happy Mother’s Day!