Prescribe a Little Nature’s Rx for Mom and Dad

Prescribe a Little Nature’s Rx for Mom and Dad

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Moms and Dads are naturals at helping things grow, so celebrate them with these five unique garden gift ideas:

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Plants of Steel: This year, forget flowers for mom or a tie for dad. Pick up a hard-to-kill plant from the Plants of Steel Collection from Costa Farms. No super powers needed to keep this indoor greenery alive. And caring for these green superheroes is easy. Choose from five low-maintenance varieties to fit your parent’s style.

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Vibrant, Edible, Compact Plants: Give the gift of delicious summer fruit and choose one of the new edible berry plants from Bushel and Berry™. Everyone will love these ornamental shrubs — they provide healthy, homegrown food and their beautiful foliage adds color to the garden throughout the seasons. With flowers starting in the spring, colorful berries popping up in the summer and stunning color lasting into the fall, they will enjoy this gift long after the holiday is over.

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Compost Tumbler: What better gift for the eco-friendly parent than a compost tumbler? Composting enriches soil, saves water and reduces landfill waste! The best model for beginners, the Back Porch, ($199) was developed for small gardens and makes compost in as little as 4-6 weeks. The mobile design includes two wheels for easy and lightweight transport. It comes with a free compost starter kit ($60 value). Because moms and dads like to get a little dirty, too.

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Plant a Tree: Plant a tree in their name for a gift that will keep giving for generations to come. Along with their beauty, trees provide endless benefits to people. Spending time around trees has been proven to improve physical and mental health. Trees can also save parents money by reducing energy bills. Check with your local arborist to learn which trees are best for your region.

The professionals at Davey Tree can help ensure the new tree lives a long time.

Start! Bloom! Grow!: Make mom or dad’s life easier for months to come with Espoma’s new line of liquid organic plant food, Start!, Bloom! and Grow! Made with natural ingredients, they’re safe and healthy for plants, vegetables, and also around kids and pets. Plus, fertilizing couldn’t get any easier with the new, innovative Easy Dose cap.

Check your local garden center for availability.

Summer Bulb of the Year: Bring mom home a beautiful bouquet of lilies! As the 2018 Summer Bulb of the Year, their dazzling appearance will add sparkle to any garden. Lilies thrive in containers and make great cut flowers. Plant now and watch them bloom between June and September, depending on variety. Mom’s would love Asiatic, Trumpet or Oriental lilies. When it doubt, look for lilies with the color and pattern your mom would love. 

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