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3 Ways to Make a Colorful and Fragrant Mother’s Day Planter

Renee Valdes
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Mother's Day Planter

For Mother’s Day, treat the special moms in your life to a blooming gift of beauty with bright and cheery flowers or fragrant edibles in a planter, or both!

From colorful flowers to aromatic herbs and tasty lettuces, we’ve got three easy ways to create a planter that will keep on giving from Mother’s Day through the summer.

Mother’s Day Planter Three Ways:


Planter with flowers

1. DIY living centerpiece

If your favorite mom likes herbs and flowers you can go all out with this DIY living centerpiece bursting with eye-popping flowers surrounded by green and pink foliage. Just pick out a pretty pot or planter and add as little or as much to it as you like, depending on your budget. The best part about this arrangement is that it’s mobile – Mom will love this living arrangement whether on the coffee table or a console, or move it around.

Try using a window box planter or a galvanized tub, as seen above, for a unique twist. Using a drill, make holes in the bottom of your planter if it doesn’t have them. Fill the container with potting soil and then start creating your living centerpiece.

Choose a tropical houseplant as a thriller, such as yucca, surrounded by brightly colored cyclamen, pink polka dot plants and fluffy ferns. Anchor the container on both ends with plumes of wispy fernleaf lavender. Create a spilling effect with trailing thyme and ivy. Tuck in decorative moss so plants retain moisture.

Read more about how to put together thrillers, fillers and spillers. Check out how to integrate houseplants into your space.


Chef bowl planter

2. Chef’s bowl

Give endless edibles to mom with a chef bowl. Pick up a planter bowl 25 to 30 inches wide. After filling it with potting soil, stuff it with delicious and organic options such as red and green leaf lettuces and herbs such as parsley, chives and basil (pictured). This combination works well for moms who prefer salads and herbs at reach when entertaining indoors or out.

Another yummy idea: add bush cherry tomatoes surrounded by basil. Mom will love serving the goodies with mozzarella for fresh caprese salad drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.


Drop-N-Bloom Planter

3. Ready-made container

If you’re pressed for time, pick up a ready-made arrangement that you can pop in a pretty urn or other container.

Drop N Blooms, with their hand selected mix of flowers or succulents, make an easy choice as a gift because you just drop them in a planter, place in full sun and they bloom continuously through summer. 

The above Drop N Bloom spills over with annuals: Yellow Calibrachoas, Sky Blue Lobelia and Bordeaux Supertunia petunias. This hardy arrangement of annuals takes little maintenance except an occasional haircut to encourage more blooming. For Drop-N-Blooms, 10-inch and 12-inch containers fit perfectly.

If you’re still not sure what to get mom, tuck a gift card from The Home Depot inside a flowering hanging basket because no matter what you do for mom, she always knows it came from the heart.


Chef’s bowl photo by Lucy Mercer

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