A mid May celebration, Mother's Day comes just as spring reaches its peak in many parts of the United States. Giving Mom a flowering plant for Mother's Day is a way to bring some of that springtime glory indoors if she doesn't have a garden of her own. If she does, many Mother's Day flowering plants can be transplanted outdoors when they've finished blooming, to provide color and fragrance for years to come.
Potted Bulb Plants
Nothing announces spring's arrival quite as definitively as gardens glowing with yellow daffodils, scarlet tulips and deep blue, pink or white hyacinths. Potted blooming bulb plants make great Mother's Day gifts, bringing a touch of spring even to moms who don't have space for an outdoor garden. The delightful fragrance of potted hyacinths is an added bonus.
After the daffodils or hyacinths stop blooming, your mom can stop watering them and allow their foliage to die. Then, in the early fall, she can lift them and transplant them to her garden, where they'll return to announce many springs to come.
Stargazer lilies are nothing short of striking, with their haunting scent, enormous white curving petals and deep pink throats. Potted stargazers, a perennial best-seller for Mother's Day, will perform as garden perennials in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 9.
Like daffodils and hyacinths, potted stargazers can be planted outdoors when their foliage has died. Lift them from the pots, remove the dead leaves and any bulblets (baby bulbs) they have formed, and immediately replant them in a sunny spot with well-drained acidic soil.
Their massive flowerheads sporting multi-colored blossoms in shades of blue, lime green, lavender, pink and white make potted hydrangeas one of the showiest Mother's Day flowering plants. Traditional mophead hydrangeas have sphere-shaped blooms. More delicate but equally striking lacecap hydrangeas have flat blooms with tightly clustered centers surrounded by large blossoms in contrasting colors.
Hydrangeas sold with colored foil pot covers as Mother's Day potted plants have been raised to bloom spectacularly for a short period. They come from hothouses, and are given plant food specifically formulated to maximize bloom. They may not be hardy enough for outdoor transplanting.
A hothouse hydrangea, says Hydrengeaseasyhydrangeas.com, will have the best chance of surviving outdoors if it is planted in the early summer so it can acclimatize before cold weather arrives. Give it a partially sunny spot away from trees. Indoors, potted hydrangeas should go in a cool room next to a sunny window and remain slightly dry during the winter. If it starts to wilt, it's too dry.