Do you have a hands-on practical mum who loves new gardening tools or a more leisurely mother who prefers flowers and floral scents? Homes & Living has found something for every gardener on Mother’s Day.
If you want to buy her a stylish gift built to last, a patio planter may be the way to go. The Bloxham Wooden Planter, with its attractive shape, is suitable for small trees and shrubs as well as flowers and bulbs.
Made from lengths of 4.5cm x 10cm Scandinavian red pine, the base is slatted with 20mm thick planks to allow for drainage and finished in white (shown here with a green trim - you can do this with a Cuprinol Garden Shades sample pot to suit your scheme), golden brown or clear preservative.
Your mum won’t let spring showers get her down if she has a compact umbrella featuring the elegant new Flora and Fauna design from Burgon & Ball, inspired by the RHS Lindley Library of historic botanic art. (£16.99, www.burgonandball.com)
If pampering after a long day’s gardening is her bag, treat your mum to a RHS Natural Gardeners Therapy Hand Care gift set from Bronnley, featuring exfoliating hand wash, hand lotion and a wooden nail brush. It comes in a keepsake tin which is perfect for storing seeds and small gardening essentials. (£20, www. bronnley.co.uk)
If mum is the type who likes pretty lighting in her garden, these warm LED bulbs have delicate sprigs of pretty pink flowers inside them. Ideal for hanging in trees or around a sun umbrella on the patio during summer evenings, they are battery-operated and waterproof, so can be used inside or out. (£30, www. notonthehighstreet.com) Artisan Julie Dodsworth, who paints and creates all the original designs from her narrow boat and is inspired by the flora and heritage of the waterways, brings a touch of class to this metal 10-litre capacity watering can. And there are many matching Flower Girl accessories including gloves, tool boxes, herb trays and kneelers. (£27.99, www.briersltd. co.uk) Give mum buckets of joy with attractive metal pails filled with either lilies or begonias, depending on preference. One pail features five ‘On Stage’ lily bulbs, which produce stunning starshaped flowers, with bucket and compost, the other three ‘Angelique’ begonias, a double variety with cascading white and pink blooms. (£20, Wyevale Garden Centres, in store only)
Add some flower power to your gardening footwear with a pair of classic back door shoes featuring a new sunflower design. These lightweight, comfortable waterproof slip-ons are ideal if you’re pottering in the garden or need to go outside, but don’t want to dig out your regular shoes. Women’s are available size 3-8 in a range of patterns. (£25, www. backdoorshoes.co.uk)
The LED bulbs, available from notonthehighstreet.com Sunflower design shoes, available from backdoorshoes.co.uk
The Bloxham Wooden Planter, available from thelichfieldplantercompany.co.uk