With Valentine’s Day now a distant memory, you may have noticed shop displays shifting to the next big day on their calendar, Mothering Sunday. Brits love to spoil their mothers at this time of year, with a predicted £600million spent in 2018. For the large part, most Mother’s Day gifts include foliage, but while cut flowers are a popular choice to show appreciation, their beauty can be short-lived. A live plant, however, could be the perfect long-term gift for working mums to take in and brighten up their home or workspace.
According to research from Exeter University, greenery has many benefits in the workplace. The research found that plants boost productivity and creativity, and have positive mental health benefits. This combined with their pleasing aesthetic, long life and low maintenance makes live plants one of the most thoughtful gifts to help mothers relax and destress.
As Mother’s Day falls at the start of Spring, here are five plants which, along with the longer, lighter days, are guaranteed to bring a smile to their recipient:
Commonly known as ‘Hearts Entangled’ or ‘Rosary Vine’. This tropical hanging plant may not be one you have heard of before, but its unique green and pink heart-shaped leaves and beautiful long hanging tendrils make them a stunning addition to any room. Just place them somewhere bright with plenty of water and watch them transform a space with their dramatic drapes.
If you are looking for a gift that is both beautiful to look at and smell, then Lavender is a great choice. While it won’t be in bloom for Mother’s Day, the unflowering outdoor plant offers a rustic look and pleasant odour. Once they start flowering in Summer, their relaxing scent will come further to the fore, while its vibrant colours and drought tolerance make them a lovely long-lasting present.
These succulent and colourful long-life plants can re-flower and last for years. The dark green leaves are normally complimented by bright coloured flowers, and they require far less watering than most plants.
Of the flowers on this list, Orchids continue to prove one of the most popular gifts to show affection. Like Kalanchoes, the oriental Orchid also re-flowers each year, and while they require moist conditions, they should be allowed to dry out between watering.
This elegant red and green plant makes an eye-catching addition to any room. Its minimalist look accentuates modern spaces or can bring an element of calm to an otherwise busy environment. These robust plants need indirect sunlight to help maintain the beautiful red and pink colour of its leaves, so will sit perfectly in a bright office space with plenty of windows.
With many mothers spending most of their time indoors and often in offices, why not bring a little calm and beauty to their life this spring through a potted plant – the gift that keeps on living.