For many people, Mother’s Day coincides with the true beginning of the gardening season. The soil and air have warmed, the risk of frost is gone (or mostly gone), and it’s time to get planting. So why not plant a garden for Mother’s Day? Honor Mom with something that will last for years.
What is a Mother’s Day Garden?
A Mother’s Day garden is whatever you want it to be. There are no rules or strict traditions. This is simply a good idea for celebrating an important day and a very important person. You could create a garden together with your mom or do it for her as a surprise. And if you are a mom, plan a garden with your kids. Regardless, it will give you something everyone can enjoy working on for years to come.
There are many ways to craft a Mother’s Day garden. You can design just one bed in her garden devoted to her favorite plants. Or, if you have more limited space, create a garden box or a small container garden of flowers.
Best Choices for Mother’s Day Flowers
Planting a Mother’s Day garden can be something you do together or something you surprise Mom with, but either way, consider using flowers. Flowers are great for celebrating and honoring others, and you can continue to enjoy them every year in the garden. Cut and use in arrangements as well.
Choose from your mom’s favorites, but also try these popular options:
- Lilac - Try anchoring a larger space with this beautiful and fragrant spring bloomer. The branches of lilac can also be cut to bring the delicious scent indoors.
- Azalea - Another flowering shrub to try planting in a Mother’s Day garden is azalea. The flower is pretty, and it is a symbol of womanhood and love.
- Lily - All kinds of lilies are associated with mothers. Daylilies (not true lilies), stargazer lilies, and other varieties are pretty perennials for a flower bed.
- Bluebells - If you’re planning a garden in advance as a surprise, include these pretty blue flowers. Bluebells should be ready to bloom right around Mother’s Day.
- Zinnia - These cheerful flowers will bring joy and color to the garden. Zinnias also make great cut flowers.
- Rose - A rose bush is a great choice if your mother enjoys traditional gardens and flowers. There are all kinds of meanings associated with rose colors too, so make it symbolic. Pink roses stand for appreciation and gratitude, a perfect message for Mom.
- Heliotrope - Heliotrope is a lovely and fragrant tropical flower that can be used for a container or indoor Mother’s Day garden.
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Mary Ellen Ellis has been gardening for over 20 years. With degrees in Chemistry and Biology, Mary Ellen's specialties are flowers, native plants, and herbs.
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