Mother’s Day Gifts: A Plant That Endures

We often give blooming plants for Mother’s Day but if it’s a pot of tulips or a greenhouse forced lily or mums, after a while they wither away and look downright sad.  What about small plants that will look good in a pot year after year? She can also plant them out in the garden when they outgrow their pots. Some of my all- time favorites for the Pacific Northwest are: Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’, Lonicera nitida ‘Twiggy’ and Carex oshimensis ‘Everillo. Put these 3 together in a large patio pot for year-round color and interesting textural  contrast. This combination can take some shade so if she has a covered patio, all the better.

In a sunny situation you might try a Yucca ‘Bright Edge’ with Sedum ‘Angelina’ and Sempervirens ‘Old Copper’ (hens & Chicks). This combination can withstand extremes so if she forgets to water they’ll be sure to survive. Again, she’ll have year-round interest and textural interest.

Go ahead. Impress your Mom!

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