5 Unique Mother’s Day Flowers To Gift This Year To Show The Mother in Your Life How Important She Is

March 21, 2023

Are you wondering what to get the special lady in your life for Mother’s Day?


Flowers are a favorite gift for most moms no matter who you buy for — mom, stepmom, grandmother, godmother, aunt, dog mom, you name it. 

We're not talking about a cookie-cutter bouquet here. Instead, this year, send Mom something truly unique. 

In this article, we will discuss unique flowers to gift this year and a gift suggestion if flowers aren’t Mom’s thing.

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Unique Mother’s Day Flowers: Think Outside the Box

Some of the most popular flowers to gift for Mother’s Day include: 

  • Garden roses
  • Peonies
  • Tulips
  • Lilacs
  • Carnations; and
  • Mums

Even though these flowers are beautiful, are you tired of sending mom the same flowers? So give your flowers a new twist this year by sending something different!

Moms are like flowers; no two are alike. So think outside the box when choosing Mother's Day flowers for your one-of-a-kind mom. 

While we love creating unique and beautiful floral arrangements, giving mom a blooming plant will extend the life of your gift from a week or so, to months and even years.

Botanica Floral + Home is a professional florist that provides a wide selection of flowers and botanicals that are both unique and beautiful … just like mom. 

Get the perfect floral arrangement for the mom in your life by contacting us today!

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5 Unique Flowers to Gift This Mother’s Day

#1: Anthuriums

Anthuriums, also known as flamingo flowers or Hawaiian love plants, are grown for their brightly colored flower spathes and ornamental dark green leaves. 

When left on the plant, this plant's "flowers" are some of the longest-lasting on earth, so their dazzling color will last for months. With its open heart-shaped flowers, the Anthurium symbolizes hospitality and abundance.

While not as long lasting as a cut flower, they still have a substantial vase life and can upgrade any floral arrangement to something truly special.

Some colors of anthuriums include: 

  • Red
  • Purple
  • Lavender
  • Pink 
  • Orange; and
  • Bi-colors

At any given time, anthuriums plants can have dozens of blooms!

How To Care for Anthuriums

  • Anthuriums prefer humid conditions. 
  • It is essential to keep the soil moist but not wet. Water the soil only when the top inch or so has dried slightly. 
  • Every two weeks in spring and summer, fertilize your anthurium with phosphorus-rich fertilizer.
  • Please be aware: Anthuriums can cause stomach distress and mouth irritation if eaten by pets or children.

#2: Orchids

It is impossible to compare orchids with anything else. They are: 

  • Breathtakingly beautiful
  • Delicate
  • Long-blooming
  • Long-lived
  • Fascinating in terms of fragrance and form; and 
  • Extremely diverse

Did you know that orchids comprise one of the two largest families of flowering plants on earth?! Although there are many orchid species, they all share similar physical characteristics. Their tall, gently curving stems are covered with blooms in solid colors, stripes or speckles, and the petals and sepals are usually arranged in threes. 

Orchids were once rare and expensive but are now among the most popular potted plants worldwide. 

While the most commonly grown orchids are the Phalaenopsis, or moth orchid, the lady slipper, cymbidium and oncidium varietes also make great house plants and gifts for mom.

All of these orchids make great cut flowers and are stunning when used in a floral arrangement.

How To Care for Orchids

  • Direct sunlight can burn orchids, but intense light is necessary for them to thrive. Therefore, an eastern or southern window should provide bright, indirect light.
  • It is essential for orchids to have fresh, circulating air.
  • When orchids begin to dry out, water them immediately. But be careful — overwatering can kill orchid roots.
  • During peak growth (spring and summer), fertilize orchids every two weeks and once a month during dormancy (fall and winter).

#3: Blooming Branches

Blooming branches come from the age-old practice of “forcing branches.” This is when non-essential branches are pruned from flowering trees and shrubs and placed in vases. It won't be long before the buds open, filling the room with sweet blossoms.

Some of the more common blooming branches include: 

  • Tulip magnolia
  • Cherry blossoms
  • Apple blossoms; and
  • Flowering dogwood

Easy to bring into bloom, these branches are usually two to three feet, heavily budded, and their flowers will open gradually over a few days.

How To Care for Blooming Branches

When you first receive blooming branches, there are a few steps to take: 

  1. Leave the branches in a room-temperature vase overnight. Make slits from the cut of the branch for several inches to promote water uptake. 
  2. Keep the vase away from heaters and direct sunlight. In addition, better blooms are produced in brighter rooms.
  3. The next day, recut the ends using a slanting cut. 
  4. Ensure the water is changed every few days to prevent the branches from rotting due to bacteria build-up. 
  5. Mist flowers.
  6. It should take a few days for flowers to appear. Once they do appear, display them in a warm area.

#4: Quince

In early spring, flowering quince is one of the first shrubs to bloom and one of our favorites!

It’s a multi-stemmed shrub with beautiful …

  • Red
  • Orange
  • White; or
  • Pink

… petals, complemented by shiny, dark green foliage. 

Flowering quince is easy to grow and has thorns, similar to roses. The branches are loaded with hardy, tough, and long-lasting blooms. 

You can pair blooming branches with a multitidue of other flowers but just a vase of branches on their own make a beautiful display.

How To Care for Quince

  • The flowering quince is drought-tolerant and requires only moderate watering, but young plants will need more water to help them grow. 
  • Use a slow-release, general-purpose dry fertilizer to feed your flowering quince.  
  • A flowering quince will put on a striking display if it receives at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. 
  • The flowering quince belongs to the rose family, so look for stem dieback, a sign of fire blight which is common in roses.

#5: Hellebore

Hellebore is also known as the “Lenten Rose.” These vigorous plants are available in a stunning and sophisticated array of colors from white to almost black, as well as spotted, speckled and stripped.

Hellebores usually bloom in early winter in mild climates and late winter or very early spring, where the ground freezes hard. At a time when flowers are scarce, they are long-lived and resistant to deer and voles.

They also make an excellent cut flower and are one of our all-time favorite flowers to use in arrangements.

How To Care for Hellebore

  • Hellebores prefer partial to full shade during summer but require more sunlight during winter. 
  • The best soil for hellebores drains well and is rich in organic matter. 
  • Hellebores need moisture but should not sit in wet soil for long periods, as they will rot.

Cut Flowers Aren’t Mom’s Thing? Consider a Unique Plant

Although flowers are always a lovely and festive gesture, they're not for everyone.

Instead, why not send something to brighten up mom's space for much longer? Add a houseplant to your mom's home this year to give it a longer-lasting life.

A houseplant can live for decades with good care, getting bigger and better as it ages.

A few ideas of great houseplants to give include: 

  • Peace lily
  • Monstera
  • Succulent gardens
  • Air plant wreaths; or a 
  • Hydrangea

While a hydrangea is not really a house plant, it can be enjoyed indoors while blooming and then be planted in the garden for many years of enjoyment!

Add an Extra Element to Your Mother’s Day Gift

Want to add a little “something special” to your gift? You might want to consider the following if you want to make your flower arrangement or plant a little more special and unique:

  • A decorative vase that Mom can display even without flowers
  • A ceramic pot or trendy basket to house a plant
  • Chocolates. They make everything more special!

Botanica Floral + Home: Helping You Gift Unique Flower Arrangements This Mother’s Day

Our Botanica Floral + Home florists have years of experience selecting the perfect flowers for any occasion.  

With hundreds of satisfied clients throughout Portland, we're confident you'll love our unique, exquisite arrangements and professional service. 

Whether you celebrate Mother’s Day, any other holiday, or just want to brighten up a friend’s day, we have various flower arrangements and other gifts to suit every occasion.

Contact us today.

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