Whether you’re buying an armful of cut flowers in a bouquet or one to go in the garden now that the greenhouse has defrosted, scent is one of the biggest factor of why we buy flowers – not only do you bring something beautiful into your home, you get that natural essence that can’t be replicated out of a bottle.
Here at TidyChoice, we know people have pride in their homes, and so here are 7 flowering plants you can give this Mother’s Day to the special woman in your life to bring something special into her home and garden.
1. Roses (The Traditional.)
The classic choice. Our fascination with roses reaches back past the famous War of the Roses that shaped England, through time all the way to the Roman period where there were public rose gardens and even back beyond that, to their birth a staggering 25 million years ago.
The scent is complex and fascinating, and has even been linked to improve memory with a German study finding it increased results on a memory test by 13%.
The most popular way of giving them is the extortionate cut stems for the vase that can work out at a pretty penny for a bouquet, but why don’t you consider buying a living rose plant? They tend to work out at a tenner, which you could easily spend on a bouquet, and they’ll add drama to your garden for so much longer – if you’d really like it to go inside, minature roses do well in pots.If your mother is green fingered, (and you’re lucky enough to have a garden in London!) this could definitely be a great option.
There’s a plethora of names, and a “My Mum” or “Mum in a Million” can help her tell her you love her.
If you’re willing to pay that little bit more for a truly beautiful rose that will thrive, keep an eye out for the David Austin varieties – these popular roses have been bred for exquisite color and scent and will look divine in any garden. Look out for mini rose varieties if you want to keep it inside on a windowsill inside.
2. Gardenia (Pretty and Potent.)
These famously thickly scented plants aren’t the subtlest choice, but you’ll be able to tell they’re there!
Popular with perfumers for it’s intoxicating floral notes, the lusciously clustering rose like blooms and waxy verdant leaves means they certainly tick the box to beautify your home as well and are thought to symbolise love, harmony and grace.
Traditionally, they have been used in the pin-holes of men’s suits, and jazz singer Billie Holiday used to refer to them as her trademark through how frequently she wore them in her hair.
We won’t lie though, if your mother is a beginner in the realms of plants, she might struggle! There’s a careful balance to be had with these between too wet and too dry, plenty of sunlight and not to much, so she may need to do some research. One top top tip to keep them looking their best is that though they’re an indoor plant, you still need to refresh their soil with some ericaceous compost, or other form of acidic soil based improver.
The fiddliness is worth the pay off though, for these kings of the floral scent.
3. Hyacinth (And not from Keeping Up Appearances.)
If you didn’t succumb to treating her with one of the gift sets of hyacinth bulbs in the decorative pots and glass urns, then we’re still early enough into spring that these are an option! Their first ever mention comes from Homer’s The Illiad, when he describes how Hera, queen and mother of the Gods lounges on a bed of them. Lucky her!
A must have for any plant nursery, you can buy them as a bulb or grown, and these beautiful star ended trumpet-like blooms form distinguishable cone shapes. The fragrance turns from light to powerful as the flowers open up, and if it’s got to share space with the rest of her collection then it blends very well with other fragrances. She’ll need gloves to handle bulbs because their skin can be an irritant, but you’ll be rewarded.
If she turns to clearing out the house and needs any more space, not to worry! They can happily be relocated to the garden where they will grow again next year.
4. Wisteria (Or, Honey, It Ate The House.)
From Asia, there are two main varieties, the Chinese Wisteria (Sineisis) and the Japanese Wisteria (Floribunda). The scent is similar to Freesias, heady but not as overwhelming as the Gardenia.
It grows as a sturdy vine, and looks particularly gorgeous growing upon another structure, like a tree or a fence, or on the house; as well as providing structure this also provides much needed warmth to the traditionally warmer climate plant. Bees love it as well, so it’s a good one to create a wildlife paradise in the back garden.
It’s important to buy a presently-flowering named variety, as wisteria plants can take up to twenty years to begin flowering, and that’s a long time to wait if it turns out to be an inferior specimen!
And in the end, well, your mother would probably prefer to see it within her lifetime.
5. Scented Geranium (Not Technically Geraniums, Though You Would be Forgiven for Thinking That.)
Geraniums have been referred to as the air fresheners of the plant world in that you barely have to brush the leaves or crinkle them between your fingers and you have refreshed the room with scent.You should keep them in an easily accessible places to unlock this.
There’s a similar variety to the air fresheners you’ll find on a shelf, as they’ve been bred into all kinds of varieties such as mint, rose, citrus, chocolate, and you’ll be pleased to know that you’re welcome to eat them as well as sniff them! They can be used in tea, cake or even in jelly!
You can even hearken back to the elegance of the Victorians, who at elaborate dinner parties would use fragrant geranium leaves in fingerbowls for guests to cleanse their hands between courses.
These are a great one for beginners as they are very hardy and can take an awful lot of conditions – inside, outside, shady, bright – a great plant for beginners.
6. Primrose (Aliases Include Primula)
The cheery primrose has already been helping us chase away the winter blues for a couple of months already over winter now, but it’ll also do really well into spring!
They do better generally outside then in, so enjoy it for the rest of the month while it’s inside brightening up the place, and then don’t be afraid to pop it out in the garden when the flowers pop off.
They have the smell of spring, light and pleasing, described as “soapy” by some and is undeniably pleasant if you’re not certain over what your mum would like, these are generally a safe bet.
Plus, they tend to retail pretty cheaply, so one nicely wrapped could be the finishing part of a present or else you could buy them a whole tray for visual impact.
7. Freesias (We’re Saving The Best ‘Till Last.)
Freesias are exquisite flowers, and are particularly popular as cut flowers, though growing them from bulbs in the garden isn’t too hard.
There are up to fifty different smell compounds in the flowers, with different colors having different smells, and yellows blues and white flowers having a longer cut life of up to three weeks when cut.
They have an intensely refreshing and peppery scent that when uncut also has hints of lilac, and is famous for traveling across long distances, whether that’s rooms or gardens.
Traditionally associated with innocence, you’re sure to have your mum hopping for joy with freesias.
Celebrate her pride in her home with the gift of a plant that will further beautify it! For full success, make sure when buying her gift that you are considering the size of the place she had to work with,the amount of work she’s capable of with looking after plants (not everyone’s still in the position to be digging with a shovel and anyone else living there (and their respective allergies or needs.)