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.

Garden Tool Bag

Garden Tool Bag

This handy garden tool bag with tons of pockets is a wonderful garden companion and keeps everything you need close at hand.

Photo by: Gardener's Supply Company

Gardener's Supply Company

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.

Ambienta Lamp

Ambienta Lamp

The Ambienta growing lamp allows indoor growing without sunshine thanks to the built-in light and pods for growing your favorite plants.

Photo by: Sage Green Life

Sage Green Life

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.

Whale Tote Bag

Whale Tote Bag

A great gift for coastal fans and gardeners, this tote bag from L.L. Bean features a cute whale pattern and a great design for hauling garden tools.

Photo by: L.L. Bean

L.L. Bean

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.

Dahlia 'Diva'

Dahlia 'Diva'

Longfield Gardens' Dahlia 'Diva' is a dramatic addition to any garden.

Photo by: Longfield Gardens

Longfield Gardens

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.

'Penhill Watermelon' Dahlia

'Penhill Watermelon' Dahlia

The 'Penhill Watermelon' dahlia from Longfield Gardens.

Photo by: Longfield Gardens

Longfield Gardens

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.

Watering can

Watering can

A funky design and large capacity make this watering can a great garden companion.

Photo by: Gardener's Supply Company

Gardener's Supply Company

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.

Modern Plant Stands

Modern Plant Stands

Put a little hip into your garden plan with these modern planters from Target.

Photo by: Target/Paul Weber

Target/Paul Weber

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.

Tomato Planter

Tomato Planter

Grow tomatoes in a small space with this mobile planter that lets your crop follow the sun.

Photo by: Gardener's Supply Company

Gardener's Supply Company

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.

Dahlia 'Miracle Princess'

Dahlia 'Miracle Princess'

This pretty pink dahlia from Longfield Gardens is the perfect addition to any cutting garden plan.

Photo by: Longfield Gardens

Longfield Gardens

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.

Garden Tool Bag

Garden Tool Bag

This handy garden tool bag with tons of pockets is a wonderful garden companion and keeps everything you need close at hand.

Photo by: Gardener's Supply Company

Gardener's Supply Company

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.

White Drift Roses

White Drift Roses

White Drift groundcover roses from Star Roses and Plants are wonderful addition to the garden.

Photo by: Star Roses and Plants/Saxon Holt

Star Roses and Plants/Saxon Holt

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.

Raised Bed for Deck

Raised Bed for Deck

This elevated raised bed from Gardener's Supply Company is perfect for a small deck or patio.

Photo by: Gardener's Supply Company

Gardener's Supply Company

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.

Gladiolus Tricolore

Gladiolus Tricolore

This rich red gladioli from Longfield Gardens brings intense color to the garden.

Photo by: Longfield Gardens

Longfield Gardens

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.

Garden Bar

Garden Bar

Take the garden to glass trend right to the cocktail bar with this clever wooden bar featuring a built-in raised bed.

Photo by: Gardener's Supply Company

Gardener's Supply Company

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 Bulb String Lights

Edison Bulb String Lights

Bring hip design to the garden with these Edison-bulb style string lights.

Photo by: Lowe's

Lowe's

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.

Metal Garden Trellis

Metal Garden Trellis

Create privacy or add some vertical plants to your garden with this stylish garden trellis from Lowe's.

Photo by: Lowe's

Lowe's

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.

Gladiolus 'Lola Montez'

Gladiolus 'Lola Montez'

Bring color to the garden with the gladiolus 'Lola Montez'.

Photo by: Longfield Gardens

Longfield Gardens

Rich purple blooms with yellow throats make these flowers especially striking. Carried inside, these delphinium-like flowers make greating cutting flowers too.

Small Space Raised Bed

Small Space Raised Bed

This sturdy raised bed is the perfect size for small gardening spaces and easy to move around when needed.

Photo by: Lowe's

Lowe's

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.

Lily Bafferari

Lily Bafferari

Longfield Gardens features the lily Bafferari.

Photo by: Longfield Gardens

Longfield Gardens

Intensely fragrant Oriental lilies will be an annual reminder of your thoughtfulness when these bulbs bloom in mom's garden each summer.

Garden Stool

Garden Stool

This functional metal stool works as an end table, a plant stand or even a foot rest.

Photo by: Lowe's

Lowe's

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.

Blue Mason Jars

Blue Mason Jars

Pretty blue Mason jars from Ball Canning make canned foods prettier and can be great in crafts and other decorative uses.

Photo by: Ball Canning

Ball Canning

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.

No-Bend Weeder

No-Bend Weeder

This handy weeder from Ames makes fast work of pesky weeds and saves you from too much back-breaking bending and stooping.

Photo by: Ames

Ames

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.

Metal Garden Table

Metal Garden Table

A mid-century modern chic table from Lowe's brings indoor style outdoors.

Photo by: Lowe's

Lowe's

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.

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