Garden Gifts so Good You Won't Want to Fork Them Over to Mom
Think outside the box with these creative garden-centric Mother's Day gifts for moms, wives, daughters or you!
I'm a mother. And so I have received my requisite supply of bath products and cut flowers for Mother's Day. I'm also not one to look a gift horse in the mouth: any gift is a welcome one, especially when there's love in the equation.
But as an avid gardener, I think something that celebrates the garden is the nicest kind of Mother's Day gift. It gets your favorite lady outside, and helps her ornament her beloved green space. Plus the May timing seems just right as spring reaches its glorious crescendo and we all long to be outside as much as humanely possible.
This year, garden companies are also tapping into big trends in the garden world, with lots of vertical gardening tools, raised bed options, products to help you grow edibles in small spaces and the kind of funky decor that can turn a ho-hum outdoor space into a design destination.
These are some of my favorite picks for Mother's Day. Pair them with a handmade card, and you are golden.
In keeping with the grow-anywhere trend, this ultra-cool indoor planter created by French architect and designer Daniel Pouzet allows you to grow six mini-plants—succulents, ferns, herbs or tropicals—without sunshine thanks to this mushroom-shaped light that transforms a green planter into a conversation piece. Once you get past the slightly jarring watering system, in which water is poured into the center of the lamp, any indoor gardening fan will love the Ambienta's synergy of stunning design and its clever way to bring a garden indoors. If your mother has limited or no access to an outdoor growing space, this beautiful modern planter could be the solution, a great way to bring light and beauty and plants into her world.
I can't think of a cuter way to corral your gardening tools or shop at the farmers' market than this adorable spin on L.L. Bean's classic Boat and Tote bag with an Etsy-worthy sweetly grinning whale design. Fill it with garden tools or cut flowers for an even prettier presentation.
These lush, intensely colored dahlias bloom summer through fall. Having these flowers with petals the color of crushed raspberries popping up in her garden will make mom the envy of her neighbors.
These bulbs are almost gone, so if you want them for Mother's Day you'll need to act fast. Penhill dahlias are renowed for their expansive, frilly petals and are a big wedding flower trend.
This appealing watering can also holds an incredible 3 gallons of water, saving trips back and forth to the faucet. The gentle rain spout also protects delicate plants from a crushing deluge of water. Plus, it will just look great sitting on your mother's balcony.
With their great design lines and retro edge, these chic planters from Target's Threshold line would class up any outdoor or indoor living space.
Everyone is revolting against tasteless, mealy homegrown tomatoes, so why not introduce mom to some new tomato growing technology? This handy planter comes in three colors, is self-watering and contains its own planter support to prop up your harvest as it grows. It's also the perfect size for a small patio or deck garden if space is an issue.
These gorgeous pink dahlias have a glowing yellow center and their sturdy, upright stems make them great for container gardens. Treat mom to these gorgeous bulbs from Longfield Gardens.
A certain domestic goddess with the initials M.S. is said to be a huge fan of this clever garden tote bag and gifted it to her entire staff for the holidays. We have a good idea why this little tote has generated such acclaim. In addition to its perky orange piping, this cotton canvas tote has plenty of pockets for garden stakes, tools, seed packets, cell phone and whatever else a day of gardening demands. A briefcase for the garden, the tote also comes with a waterproof bottom to protect her supplies.
Who doesn't love a rose? These groundcover White Drift roses are brand new for 2016, and feature bright white, double bloom roses. They'd make a gorgeous snowy accent in any garden.
This very hip, very modern raised planter will not only add style to mom's deck or patio, its hyperfunctional design includes a sturdy trellis in the mix, so she can grow vines, tomatoes, beans or anything else her heart desires.
Eight to ten orchid-like blooms crest these striking, long-lasting cut flowers that are also manna to butterflies. Treat mom to a bag or two of these lovelies.
For the gardening-crazy mother who also can't resist a great cocktail, this amazingly cool raised bed bar allows her to grow herbs and veggies for her favorite sips and then serve them up on the attached counter. If mom's angling to expand her social life, this seems like just the tool to help her along.
Edison bulbs are all the rage indoors, so why not add some trendy flair to mom's patioscape with these great Edison string lights from Lowe's. We love the retro vibe and design-forward look.
Trellises are multi-purpose problem solvers. They can hide an unappealing view when placed in a large container and can take your pole beans and tomatoes vertical to increase your yield. This one is attractive enough it could just stand alone as stylish garden art.
Rich purple blooms with yellow throats make these flowers especially striking. Carried inside, these delphinium-like flowers make greating cutting flowers too.
Not everyone has a suburban or rural backyard to grow crops. For those with a limited amount of space and busy lives, this compact raised bed has a slim profile at only 20x24 inches and a self-contained watering system that prevents overwatering. A two-gallon water reservoir means you can go out of town without your peppers and tomatoes suffering. Casters allow you to move your plants to where the sun shines brightest.
Intensely fragrant Oriental lilies will be an annual reminder of your thoughtfulness when these bulbs bloom in mom's garden each summer.
Those pretty but breakable ceramic plant stands have kept me from adopting this look on my own patio. But this good-looking, super-sturdy steel plant stand or side table in a gorgeous shade of bright navy will stand up to weather and the occasional strong wind without incident.
Is there anything as versatile as the Mason jar? It's a vase, it's a glass it's a serving vessel, it's a storage container and it's the featured player in home canning too, of course. The recent addition of these gorgeous blue Mason jars will inspire any recipient with all of the potential uses.
For gardeners who may have a bit of trouble with bending and stooping, this handy stand-up weeder allows you to tackle even the most dug-in weed with relative ease. This weeder takes a bit of getting used to, but once you wrap your mind around the way it works, it's a novel companion for your daily round of garden chores.
This mid-century mod plant stand-slash-side table is part of the new Lowe's outdoor line and would bring a needed dose of color and attitude to any outdoor space. I love this design-y direction Lowe's is heading in and look forward to even more edgy, hip outdoor ideas.