Blooming plants provide long-lasting enjoyment, often far beyond the
life expectancy of cut flowers, making them popular choices for Mother’s
Day gifts. Customize your selection of plants with high-quality ribbons,
decorative wire and other clever treatments. Be sure to include care
instructions so that recipients can enjoy their gifts to the fullest.
Perfect as a springtime garden display, this grouping
of plants, inside
coordinating painted tin containers, uses limited color and plant
varieties for maximum impact. A large potted thyme topiary inside a
square tin container and a lush rosemary topiary inside one of the
watering cans add height and create an English garden effect, with
water-picked Persian violets (Exacum) and cut ivy inserted around the
topiary stems. Steel-picked bear grass adds a natural, wispy effect to
each design. A second watering can features bear grass and ivy picked
into an Exacum plant.
MATERIALS: Valley Mist Watering Cans and Square Planter
from Flowers, Inc. Balloons; Aquapics from Syndicate Sales; bear grass,
cut ivy, rosemary topiary, thyme topiary and Exacum from favorite
Bind clusters of bear grass with a steel pick machine. Arrange the grass
into each design.
Decorative aluminum wire dresses up these African violet and orchid
plants, each of which is set inside a glazed ceramic pot. The
treatment is both decorative and functional for the orchid plant, as
the wire supports the bloom spike. For the African violet, the more
uniformly coiled wire serves a purely decorative purpose, formed
into a faux handle. The rich metallic pink color of the wire is a
perfect accompaniment to the pink blossoms of both plants.
MATERIALS: Mother’s Day Collection ceramic pots from Global
Pottery; Strong Pink Aluminum Wire from Smithers-Oasis; orchid plant
and African violet from favorite suppliers.
Wrap aluminum wire around a dowel, and pull the wire off the dowel
to create a coil. Place the ends of the coil into opposite sides of
the African violet plant to create a decorative faux handle.
A weathered square pot is an ideal
choice for this
plant, which is dressed up on one side with cut Hypericum. The pale
berries give contrast to the bright Cineraria flowers, and natural
yellow dogwood twigs provide additional texture while extending the
design further beyond the sides of the pot. A dogwood branch also is
used in the round clay pot, to support the orchid bloom. Cut Hypericum
is tucked into the soil at the base of this design. The pale color of
the berries ties in with the color of the dogwood branch, achieving
unity within the designs.
MATERIALS: Square pot from Pots Co.; round clay pot from
Compradores; orchid, Hypericum and yellow dogwood twigs from favorite
Insert stems of Hypericum into the base of a potted orchid, and add
With bold colors and coordinating springtime containers, these
designs radiate cheer. The round pot begins with a lime green Pothos
plant into which cut Gerberas are placed, and in the square pot, cut
Pothos stems are water-picked into a Cyclamen plant. Each
composition features bear grass, picked into its center, creating a
wispy, radiating effect. Aluminum wire swirls in and around each
design, with some of the wire shaped into tendrils. The various
shades of pink and green pick up the colors of the botanical-themed
MATERIALS: Butterfly Breeze Wood Pot and Planter from
Flowers, Inc. Balloons; Gerberas from Benchmark Growers; Cyclamen,
neon Pothos plants and bear grass from favorite suppliers; Water
Picks and Apple Green Aluminum Wire from Smithers-Oasis.
Insert Gerbera stems into water picks, and arrange the flowers into
a potted Pothos plant.
A simple Gerbera plant receives height and value with the addition of a
“trellis,” created from bamboo sprays. Seed packets, secured to the
trellis with green spray-painted clothespins, offer a fun touch and make
this a gift that keeps giving. The yellow sisal- covered pot accents the
brilliant yellow Gerbera blossoms.
MATERIALS: Sisal Pot Cover from Accent Décor; Basil Bamboo Sprays
from Knud Nielsen Company; Gerbera plant, seed packets and clothespins
from favorite suppliers.
Spray paint clothespins to coordinate with the bamboo sprays. Secure
seed packets to the bamboo sprays with the clothespins when they are