Wow! Can you believe it’s already the beginning of May? With Mothers day celebrations this weekend, and the shelves at local greenhouses and home stores simply loaded with every kind of plant you can imagine. It’s time to begin searching for the perfect plant match for that special someone. Since we’re always ready to provide a little advice, we thought you may find some plant 101 tips helpful in your search.
The first thing to consider is whether the plant is going to be indoors or outdoors? Next, is the available space for said plant a shady or sunny location, and is it for a temporary or permanent planting? Lastly, does the individual in question have a green thumb?
If you’re looking to fill an indoor spot, the amount of natural light will be a key factor in your final selection. For low light select Boston Ferns, Peace Lilies, and Dieffenbachias. For sunny spots with direct sunlight choose Jade, Aloe Vera, or Hibiscus. And for those bright areas with indirect sunlight select an African Violet, Jasmine or Orchid. If your “someone special” does not have a green thumb, then purchasing the almost indestructible and impossible to Kill Snake Plant is a great option.
Moving outdoors, if you’re looking for a seasonal basket, choose Pansies, Impatiens or Begonias for the cooler shady areas, or Calibrachoa (Million Bells), Osteospermum (African Daisy) and Geraniums for the hot and sunny ones. These are just a few of the floral baskets we know are easy to find and readily available at most garden stores. There are many more mixed baskets available, and as most of them come with an information sticker that will provide care and location instructions, a quick read will assist you in selecting a basket that will thrive in the location it is intended for.
Now, when it comes to actual garden spaces and Perennials, the amount of space for future growth, soil, drainage, fruiting or flowering, and amount of sunlight will all play a role in determining the best match. It’s been our limited experience with outdoor gardens that Daylilies seem to grow well in most any soil or lighting condition, and they happily come in a huge selection of colors. But in this case, we’re not the professionals, so you may want to chat with a staff member at your local greenhouse or garden center. Their recommendations will assist you greatly when it comes to selecting the perfect plant pairing for that special someone.
Now, if you’re not planning to buy flowers and you’re looking for a gift box of chocolates instead. We have many favorites. But truthfully the list would be way too long to share here. After all, is there such a thing as a wrong choice when buying chocolates? We think not!
Regardless of how you choose to celebrate the moms in your life this Mother’s Day, we are wishing all of them an absolutely Wonderful one!
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