Gardening is a hobby that you can spend a lifetime learning about. Seasons change, seeds fail or thrive, and just when you think you know it all, you realize how much there still is to learn. Direct Energy’s Gardening Series is a follow-along guide to embrace the beauty and challenges involved in being a gardener. As a craft that requires patience, creativity, and endurance, gardening can be enjoyed by those of all ages, and is one of the most satisfying ways to spend an early morning or late afternoon. Follow along as we show you how to begin, which herbs grow the best, and other tips on how to plant a garden that will flourish under your care.
Giving a plant to a friend, teacher, coworker or relative means giving something full of life. Unlike a bouquet of flowers that inevitably dies, a plant has the power to grow larger, to spread beauty, and to become a part of that person’s life for a long time.
Giving a plant can also be tailored to that person’s personality.
From apartment dwellers to home owners, the gift of a plant can be as unique as the person you love. These plants and flowers below are some of our favorites to give as gifts:
- Pothos Ivy
- Fruit Trees
- African Violets
- Rose bush
If your friend is a plant lover, then chances are you are already familiar with what their preferred plants or flowers may be. But if your friend works in an office and has never shown signs of having a green thumb, then maybe something like a pothos ivy is a smart idea. They are low maintenance, can handle low lighting, and liven up the decor of an office space.
For a new homeowner, the thought of having their own yard could ignite the vision of a landscaped paradise. Depending on where you live, consider buying your friend a fruit tree for a gift. Saplings are relatively affordable, and won’t impose on their space.
A lemon tree is a tree of beauty even from it’s infancy, and a grapefruit or mandarin tree means they will wait a few years to mature the tree and yield fruit.
Fig trees require lots of space, so be considerate if your friend has a small lot. Even a grape vine would be a great gift and add beautiful foliage and vines around a dedicated space in their yard.
Imagine years down the road that your friend has a party, themed by the fruit you bought them! It’s an investment in your friendship, and also in some tasty days ahead.
The flowering amaryllis bulb is a familiar flower given at Christmas time, when growers force these bulbs to bloom on command during the month of December. The amazing thing about this bulb is that it will flower for 7-10 weeks!
At the end of it’s blooming period, it will go dormant, and take respite in the ground or soil of the pot its in. With adequate care throughout the year, the bloom will return next winter.
They come in shades of white, red, salmon, orange and pink, and are a true gem to the eye especially in the desolate shades of winter.
The narcissus bulbs, also known as paperwhites, are another flower you see at Christmas time blooming in the ground, and are ideal for gifts. If presentation is important to you, then look for nurseries where you can find paperwhites in glass vases filled with pebbles and the bulbs blooming. They will thrive indoors in bright light growing this way.
Once the bloom disappears your friend can plant them in the ground in a sunny location, and wait until next winter when their stalks push through the soil and will bloom again and again. They love to multiply underground. Plant a few, and you will have many!
There are hundreds of African violet blooms and varieties, and they are truly one of the most beautiful flowers to set on a window sill, with their pink or purple frilly flowers shining out from a clustered center of fuzzy leaves.
African violets are a gift for the most patient of friends, however, as they often do require a little more care than a simple indoor ivy.
They love to stay moist, but not over-watered. They love bright windowsills, but need at least 8 hours of darkness each day.
Don’t let the fussiness of African violets turn you off from buying one as a gift. You never know what talents the right recipient might have to keep flowers blooming!
Orchids say a lot with their simple elegance. Their bloom will stay on the stalk for weeks, and the plant will continue growing indoors long after the bloom fades.
They do love a brightly lit room, and enjoy moving air. If your friend really has the touch, then they can look forward to more orchids on the same stem that the original bloom was on. If the orchid never does return, they are at least left with a green plant that holds a simple form and brightens up any room.
What kind of person is your relative or loved one? Do they like strong red blooms or does a cluster of antique roses in an apricot hue speak more to who they are? A rose bush is a gift that keeps on giving month after month.
Roses can be brought inside to enjoy in a vase or kept on the stem for prolonged blooming outside.
While roses require lots of care to achieve optimal blooming, a little neglect will still see a good return on blooms for the receiver of your gift.
It goes without saying too, that a rose is the eternal symbol of romance! A rose bush lives much longer than a dozen of them cut. For Christmas, a birthday, Mother’s Day, or just to say thanks, a rose bush is a timeless gift they will love.