Whilst there is no denying that cut flowers are lovely, a bouquet of living flowers lasts longer and will continue to flourish with blooms over several months or even years! This Mother’s Day, consider dropping into your local garden expert and purchasing a living bouquet for Mum.
1. Mother’s Day Orchids
Autumn is a wonderful time for orchids, with four wonderful varieties to select from; Dendrobium, Oncidium, Phalaenopsis and Cattleya. All come in a selection of colours and available as potted plants from your local garden expert. Due to their popularity over Mother’s Day, make sure you get in early!
2. Cyclamen for colour
Cyclamen are a cool weather flower and in Queensland a definite symbol of Winters approach. Cyclamen flowers are very delicate, fragrant and beautifully coloured. From hot pinks to whites, there is a cyclamen for every Mum’s colour taste. They make wonderful table centrepieces when displayed in a decorative pot cover.
3. Chyrsanthumum, why not try Azaleas instead!
Azaleas are a Autumn flowering shrub like plant. They are gorgeous in pots and also make for beautiful floral hedges around the garden. Available in a wide range of colours, Mum will love receiving flowers from her Azalea, year after year.
4. Lavender for aromatic qualities
A wonderful aromatic plant which is both a flower and a herb, lavender is widely used in cosmetic products, traditional potpourri and floral displays. With a delicate purple flower, a lavender plant this Mother’s Day is a sure winner.
5. Daisies for chains!
Daisies are a delightful little flower and a favourite of Mother’s, who doesn’t remember making daisy chains or a flower crown as a little girl! During Autumn, Federation Daisies and Brachycome Daisies are widely available throughout garden centres in Australia. Brachycome are especially special as they are an Australian Native Daisy and as such, tend to be hardier growers. So if Mum loves daisies, but is not a fantastic gardener, consider a Brachycome Daisy this year.
6. Camellias the scented hedge
Given the right conditions, camellias are long-living and very easy care. They are available in abundance around Mother’s Day and are beautiful as a topiary, hedge, pot plant or just floral feature plant in the garden. Camellias known as ‘japonica’ are usually best suited to part shade and have larger flowers then other varieties.
7. Bougainvilleas or try making these Pansies Mugs
Pansies are a aged old Autumn gardeners favourite. With their delicate colourful flowers, they are gorgeous as border plants and pot displays. For something really special and unique this Mother’s Day, why not try this delightful ‘Coffee Mug’ pansy craft from Be A Fun Mum.
Did you know that pansies have edible flowers? It’s true! You can crystalise pansies for cake decorating or even use in ice cubes.
The perfect indoor plant, African Violets can bring a splash of colour to your Mum’s living spaces, from bathroom to coffee table. Pot up into a cute pot and saucer, or into a terrarium glass bowel.
No longer strictly purple or strictly a warmer region plant, the new range of tibouchina’s make wonderful potted colour for Mother’s Day. From whites, pinks to deep purples, tibouchina’s are a lovely flower to delight.
Begonia’s seem to be as old as time itself! However, they are a colourful indoor plant, with a diversity of colours from deep reds to softer pinks. Begonia’s can perform well in the garden, but tend to be frost sensitive.