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Gardening: A bright idea for mothers - New Zealand style

May 12, 2013
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In the Green Lawn and Sprinkler

Make the garden shine and light up Mum's day, says Meg Liptrot

A plant you've potted for your mum is sure to make her smile. Photo / Getty Images, Supplied
It's Mothers' Day today and, if you have been otherwise occupied and left it to the last minute, I've compiled some ideas to help. If you're already sorted, save these ideas for an upcoming birthday or Christmas present, or even a whole family present. Garden-related gifts often go on giving, or make gardening easier and more fun.

A flower to remember you

Give your mum a plant she can put in her garden and that will be flowering each Mother's Day. This will remind her of you. Camellias are long-lived evergreens which suit acid soils. Some will grow into small trees, others are great for hedging or suitable for the backdrop in a border garden.

They range in colour from white, through shades of pink to scarlet and burgundy, with flower shapes that are single or complex solid doubles.

If your mother's garden has a more subtropical theme, think about giving her a hibiscus. They have a long flowering time and are still looking great now. They also come in a flamboyant range of colours.

Gardenias are also a sure-fire winner, with their Click Here

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