Romantic Color PaletteMother’s Day is Sunday, May 8. Of course, my brother and I are sending our mom flowers. We always give her flowers for Mother’s Day, and we love how happy they make her. I can’t tell you what type of flowers we’re sending; wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise for our mom. But I can tell you some floral industry insider tips so you, too, can wow your mom with Mother’s Day flowers.

  • Surprise mom. Usually moms don’t like surprises, but they do love being surprised by flowers. Catch mom off guard by giving her flowers before Mother’s Day — on Wednesday, May 4; Thursday, May 5; or Friday, May 6. To really surprise her, send the flowers to her at work. Not only will you be the hero to her, but to her co-workers as well. Your mom can enjoy her flowers in the office and then bring them home to enjoy over the weekend. If you can’t give the flowers to your mom in person, ask your florist to deliver them. She’ll be wowed.
  • Entry Way FlowersDescribe your mom’s personality. Flowers come in hundreds of sizes, shapes and colors making floral arrangements one of the easiest gifts to customize. So where do you start?
    • Consider your mom’s favorite flowers. Callas, freesia, gerberas, hydrangeas, irises, lilies, orchids, roses and tulips are among the most popular Mother’s Day flowers.
    • What are your mom’s favorite colors? Pink is the traditional favorite color for Mother’s Day flowers. Monochromatic designs of flowers all in the same color are trendy. Blush pink, antique ivory and cream tones together or hot pink and berry tones combined with shades of red are en vogue. An emerging trend this year for Mother’s Day flowers are bold, vibrant and exciting color combinations, such as hot pink and orange, citron and purple, shades of orange hues from tangerine to peach, purple accented with bright green.
    • Floral BasketFlowering plants make lovely Mother’s Day gifts, too. Azaleas, chrysanthemums, gerberas, hydrangeas, orchids and kalanchoes are Mother’s Day favorites or ask for a dishgarden, which is a collection of blooming and green plants.
    • For more ideas, see Mother’s Day Flower Trends or take the Floral Signature Quiz to learn about your mom’s floral personality.
  • Ask for options. There are lots of wonderful Mother’s Day flower options, and florists can work within any budget. Ask your florist for options in your price range.
  • Thank all moms. Mother’s Day is an opportunity to thank your mom, and it’s also a time to show admiration and love to your grandmother, sister, mother-in-law, stepmother, aunt, godmother or best friend. They will be touched you thought of them.
  • Call a local florist. Take the time to pick up the phone and talk with your florist. A conversation with your florist means you can discuss your mom’s favorite flowers and colors, and gives him or her the opportunity to give you suggestions. If you don’t know a florist, you can find one close to your mom’s home or office through www.nationalfloristdirectory.com.

Tell me, what are your favorite Mother’s Day flowers?