Make mom’s day with these unique ideas for bouquets and floral gifts
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Thomas J. Story
Farmgirl Flowers designer Christina Stembel arranged cut flowers and herbs in this garden-inspired bouquet. Added to the mix are champagne-colored dahlias ‘Café au Lait’, spiky centers of spent echinacea blossoms, and Scabiosa ‘Alba’. Amaranth ‘Green Tails’ spills over the sides while unripe blackberries and sprigs of Thai basil add aromatic touches.
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Create a tulip arrangement that lasts well beyond Mother's Day with our tips for cleaning and assembling the stunning spring blooms.
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Susie Nadler / The Cutting Garden at Flora Grubb Gardens
For an out-of-the-box Mother's Day bouquet, forego flowers and use succulents instead for a sweet and stylish arrangement. String of pearls and tillandsias accent a bouquet of succulent rosettes designed by Susie Nadler.
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Photo by Thomas J. Story
Foraged fruit & flora
Create a uniquely spring arrangement for mom by foraging strawberries and their blossoms from your own backyard. Max Gill, of Max Gill Designs, explains how to get a super-sweet look: “Cut just enough foliage for foundation and structure, then add the taller stems of immature alpine fruit and almost-ripe ‘Earliglow’ strawberries. If you can find them, add a few fleetingly pristine strawberry blossoms at the end.”
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Thomas J. Story
This cheerful bouquet designed by Christina Stembel of Farmgirl Flowers will add a burst of sunshine to mom's special day. Sunflower ‘Autumn Beauty’ commands attention with its multicolored petals and giant center. It's paired with fluffy ‘Big Bear’ sunflowers, blazingly bright orange Mexican sunflowers (Tithonia), golden feverfew, sprigs of rosemary, dangling amaranth ‘Green Tails,’ and Helenium.
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Spring flower arrangement
Watch how to gather mom's favorite blooms for a flawless Mother's Day floral arrangement. Hint: There's an invaluable hack for keeping all the stems perfectly in place!
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With color wheel principles as your guide, arrange a bouquet according to mom's favorite flowers. Here, deep purple pincushion flower (Scabiosa atropurpurea), pale pink lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum), pink-tipped hellebores, bright pink rice flower (Pimelea), and green arum leaves make for a perfect palette.
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For a mom who's got a touch of the flower child in her, craft this stunning DIY flower crown. With tips from a professional florist, it's super easy to make.
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For an alternative to bouquets, nothing beats orchids. With gorgeous blooms that last up to four months, orchids make a fantastic Mother's Day gift. Bonus: They're the gift that keeps on giving, as they re-bloom for years on end.
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Seed paper hearts
Co-opt this DIY Valentine's Day gift for a heartfelt nature-inspired gesture. As an alternative, give it a springtime look by using pastel-hued paper and a flower-shaped cookie cutter mold for a floral creation instead of a heart.