Treat your mum this Mothering Sunday with a long-lasting present she can plant in her garden and enjoy every day of the year.
You'll find plenty of Mother's Day themed plants at your favourite garden centre: here are some of the best.
- Rose 'Mother's Day' fits nicely into a container as it grows to just 60cm high. In summer its rich red flowers will cascade fetchingly over the sides.
- Camellia 'Magic Mum' makes a lovely long-lasting gift and should be in full elegant pale pink flower right now. It's a neat evergreen shrub, making a handsome backdrop to other plants for most of the year.
Azalea 'Mother's Day' is another fabulous evergreen that'll be flowering in the next month or so. It's covered in masses of scarlet blooms and grows to about 80cm tall: ideal for containers of ericaceous (acid) compost.
- Begonia odorata 'Mother's Day' is a fine tuberous begonia for a container on the patio, frothing over the edges in a cascade of pretty pink-tinged white pink flowers from May till the first frosts.
Mums – short for chrysanthemums, so cheating a bit, but 'mums are having a renaissance at the moment and there are some lovely varieties like sumptuous red 'Ruby Mound' or rusty 'Bronze Elegance'.