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A living gift is a great idea for Mother’s Day. Whether she lives in an apartment or a house with a big yard, there is a plant for every mom.

Hanging baskets can brighten up a porch, balcony, or sunny window. Many garden centers offer a variety of sizes and color combinations. They can be moved easily, so she can bring them indoors if we anticipate a late-spring frost.

  • Fragrant Plants

To make Mom’s porch, patio, or yard smell great, look for fragrant flowers like heliotrope or dianthus. Heliotrope features many small, beautiful blue/purple or white flowers with a tremendous sweet scent. Its smell is so lovely that it’s been used in perfumes since the 1800s. Dianthus, often known as “pinks,” has a spicier scent—some say they smell like cinnamon or clove.

  • Plants that show love

A unique way to show Mom you love her is to include some plants with heart-shaped leaves or flowers. The petals of the Petunia Amore Queen of Hearts are bicolored, with the pink color coming together to form little hearts. Sweet potato vine has lovely heart-shaped leaves, as does Brunnera macrophylla, often called Siberian bugloss. Both of these plants do well in containers.

  • Flower suggestions

*Hanging baskets: Confetti Hot Spring Fling, Kwik Rocky Mtn High, Trixi CO Kaleidoscope – Verbena, petunias & calibrachoa in basket are waterwise. TIP: You can insert the whole plastic pot into the moss basket for aesthetics and better water retention.

  • *Geranium Big EEZE Foxy Flamingo – Geraniums are Japanese Beetle-resistant and easy to grow.
  • *Petunia Hells Glow – Waterwise, Unique color (Orange, not typical of petunias)
  • *Salvia g. Hummingbird Falls – Very waterwise, attracts hummingbirds, 1st trailing variety of this type.
  • *Dahlia Venti Red & White
  • *Perennials – Waterwise choice, come back year after year.

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Source: customer-service@bestyard.com in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado