Gifting plants is a great way to share your adoration of plants with your loved ones. It’s also a present that keeps on giving (provided that the recipient gives their new gift some love).
From plants that make awesome gifts, to factors to consider before choosing a shrub or bloom, we’ve listed a few of our favourite ideas below to provide some inspiration.
When to gift plants
There are a multitude of opportunities for gifting plants, including special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas, or simply as a way to say thank you to a special someone.
Plants come in all shapes and forms, so there are plants perfectly suited to being a birthday present, housewarming gift, or even those that can say ‘well done!’ These plants can make people smile, light up a room and even have health benefits – what’s not to love?
Tips for choosing the perfect plant
Plants are a versatile gift option, as they come in all shapes and sizes. Some are more suited to garden connoisseurs, while others can be cared for by a complete novice. Before gifting a plant, think about the recipient’s gardening ability. Some of the questions you might want to ask yourself include:
- Is the recipient allergic to flowers? If so, opt for succulents instead of plants boasting fragrant blooms.
- Does the recipient have pets? Make sure the plant you choose isn’t poisonous, as certain shrubs and blooms can prove hazardous to our furry friends.
- Do those you’re gifting have a favourite plant or hue? If so, pick a plant that boasts blooms in their preferred shade or a plant species you know they are fond of.
- Do they live in an apartment or house with a garden? Avoid gifting plants that are too big to those who live in smaller apartments. Similarly, opt for plants based on the environment they will live in. For example, if they necessitate a lot of natural light, the home they are going to will need to provide a space offering this.
It’s important to consider the above factors if you want your gift to be thoughtful, and not a point of frustration!
The best plants to give as gifts
Although many agree that gifting a plant is perfect for any occasion, there are plants more suited to certain events and celebrations. For best results, choose plants that are easy to care for, and suited to any skill level and home.
It’s also a great idea to do some research, as many variants are symbolic of different meanings. For example, bamboo is a sign of strength, grace, and longevity, whilst amaryllis is symbolic of pride and Baby’s Breath, of innocence and purity.
Some of the most recommended plants to give as gifts include dieffenbachia, pathos, spider plants, arrowhead vine, corn plants, peperomia, philodendrons, snake plants, cast iron plants, Chinese evergreen, succulents, and ZZ plants. Some are easier to care for than others, with the hardier options among the most popular.
How to gift a plant
If buying from a physical florist, it’s best to deliver the plant yourself. However, if sending further afield, choose an online florist. This hassle-free option will allow you to pick and send your chosen plant to the recipient, and all at the click of a button, irrespective of the size or style.
Make it extra special by adding a personalized note. To ensure the plant gets to the recipient in time, it’s important to order before the stated cut-off time if opting for same or next day delivery.
It’s also a good idea to leave a note for the courier if the address is a little tricky to find. In addition, remember to leave a personal note for the recipient so that they know who the plant is from.
Although a simple gift, succulent plants are a huge hit with friends and family! They’re an easy-to-care-for, stylish gift option that promises years of joy when cared for correctly. They can also be placed in various vessels, including teacups, hot-hued pots, glass jars, and alongside each other in oblong containers.
Potted roses are a superb gift idea, boasting an array of delightful rose blooms in a colour of your choice including everything from sophisticated white shades, to cream hues, pastel colours, and vibrant blooms, all set against a rich, lush green foliage – a fantastic gift for those wishing to add interest to their homes.
Orchids are another great gift option to give regardless of the occasion. The bright white petals on a gorgeous double-stemmed Phalaenopsis orchid are guaranteed to delight any recipient, especially when presented in a stylish metal pot.
Just for the presentation alone, a basket plant makes a great, popular gift. A combination of beautifully serene white blooms in the shape of roses and Kalanchoe are the perfect contrast to rich, green arching foliage, such as Chamaedorea and Ivy.
This low-maintenance plant is a great gift for any home and is ideal for those that lead busy lives but who still want some greenery around.
Although it certainly brings festive cheer to the home at Christmas with its hot red leaves, the poinsettia is a plant that can last all year round. When potted, it makes a great gift and an extremely cheery one at that, which is just what’s needed throughout the cooler winter months!
Red Azalea basket
A stunning profusion of bold blooms makes a basket brimming with red Azaleas a great gift, particularly when presented in a stylish square basket, and embellished with an equally bold red bow. In their normal environment, these shrubs prefer to hide in the shade of high trees.
As houseplants, they prefer cooler temperatures, which in fact makes their blooms last longer. For best results and to ensure they thrive, place them away from direct sunlight and never allow the soil to dry out completely. It’s also wise to invest in some plant food to keep the blooms looking fresh.