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10 Plants to Buy Mom

1. Protective     Purple Queen® Bougainvillea

Perfectly yin-yang combo of tumbling waves of pretty, tender, deep-purple blooms with, just like a mom, protective “don’t mess with me” thorns. Makes an ideal privacy screen for fences or arbors.

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2. Graceful      Double Weeping Rosebud Cherry

Spectacular in spring when dripping with fresh, millennial-pink hued spring blooms, the weeping form mirrors Mom’s enduring grace and elegance throughout the year. Use as a focal point or in pairs flanking a walkway.

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3. Poetic     SunBelievable™ Brown Eyed Girl Helianthus

Alive, vibrant, happy, and sunny (so very “Mom”!) this annual sunflower is always “on”, bringing smiles and joy to the garden and, as a cut flower, to the kitchen too!

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4. Nurturing     Bountiful Blue® Blueberry

Moms naturally connect with the rhythm of nature, and this blueberry not only feeds us with the biggest, sweetest berries, but is also an important food source for spring pollinators who feast on the nectar-rich blooms. Great in containers.

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5. Playful     Plumetastic® Pink Muhly Grass

Easy, breezy, and with glittering plumes that have the look of spun sugar, this pink grass is a showstopper that, like Mom, draws everyone in with its twinkle and shine. We love this massed for an unforgettable early fall show.

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6. Unflappable     VIBE® Ignition Purple Salvia

Just like a mom, no amount of drama—in this case heat, drought, humidity—stops this brilliant purple sage from doing its thing. Masses of flowers from spring throughout summer makes this ideal for a waterwise border.

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7. Elegant     First Love® Gardenia (Grafted)

Legendary for their deeply memorable fragrance and the unfurling of their large, white, double blooms, gardenias are as seductive and feminine as a certain sort of Mom (in jeans or Chanel!). This one’s blooms are larger, come on earlier, and because it’s grafted, is the perfect solution for less than perfect soils.

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8. Glamorous     Kopper Kettle Itoh Peony

Just as some moms are larger than life, this peony’s giant, semi-double coppery-orange blooms turn a late spring garden into an EVENT. Itoh peonies, a cross between herbaceous and tree peonies offer enormous flowers on a vigorous plant with stronger stems.

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9. Sturdy     Saint Mary Southern Magnolia

A tree, like a mom, is the backbone and centerpiece around which all else comes to thrive. This dwarf southern magnolia has a strong form and those indelible large, white, cup-shaped, fragrant flowers in the summer. Tops out at just 25’ tall and wide.

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10. Soulful     Grace N’ Grit™ Red Shrub Rose

Probably no other flower evokes so many shared memories of love, beauty, and celebration than a rose which is why we love to gift them to Mom. Grace N’ Grit™ Red is one of a series of shrub roses that are fuss-free in the garden, and stunning when cut for vases.

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Plus three more:

1. Vital     Bee-You™ Bee-Free Bee Balm

Spirited, lively, and energetic, this new pollinator-magnet bee balm’s “bee you, bee free” message reminds us that every mom is perfect, just as she is. Add this to a wildlife garden or just slip in a few to a perennial border.

2. Unique     Double Shot® Watermelon Azalea

Why have a shrub that blooms only one a year (thought it doesn’t just bloom, it BLOOMS) when you can have one that comes on in spring AND fall?

3. Stately     Nuccio’s Bella Rossa Camellia

No matter the season, a camellia brings a sense of warm formality and a touch of the regal to a garden.

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  1. Garretjacob 04/23/2019

    I would love to see a planting video for Bougainvillea! Specifically, I'd like to see an example of how to get them off to a decent start in containers. Online best college coursework writing uk

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