Nothing says “I love you” better than a bouquet of red roses. But here’s a twist—why not have a fully grown potted plant delivered to your loved one. That way, it can be enjoyed indoors and brought outdoors come planting season to add to your garden. These mail-order companies specialize in such lasting beauty…
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UrbanStems is an online, nationwide gifting company that offers a great selection of flowers and potted plants in clever and pretty containers (and what’s more, same-day service in New York City and Washington, D.C., a 15% discount, and free delivery!) Consider “The Fresco,” hardy, large, leafy pothos plant that does equally well in low or bright light and, as it grows, can be transplanted from the blue-and-white pottery bowl in which it comes into a larger pot for your outdoor patio or hanging basket. www.urbanstems.com.
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Order a Meyer Lemon Tree from Brighter Blooms (www.brighterblooms.com) to brighten your home and set out on the patio or in your garden when the weather permits. Nurtured and staked, you can enjoy fresh lemons as soon as they’re ripe! Small lemon tress are one- to two-feet in height ($49.99) or you can order the Lemon/Lime/Calamondin three-gallon Bush Pack with Citrus Care Kit for $304.82.
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Bloomscape (www.bloomscape.com) offers a beautiful range of potted plants. If you have a dog or cat, take a look at the many pet-friendly plants they offer, such as the unusual Ponytail Palm Tree, Rhapis Palm, and the Bromeliad Aechmea Pink or Bromeliad Summer. You can never go wrong, though, with a fern. Choose a Kimberly Queen Fern ($69.00), Kangaroo Fern ($79.00), or a Spider Plant ($69.00.) Choose the color of your container from an assortment and be sure to follow the care instructions. Any of these can be brought outdoors when the days warm up.
Plants By Mail
Send a flowering shrub from Plants by Mail (www.plantsbymail.com) When it arrives, place the container in a large basket or ceramic planter in anticipation of planting it outdoors when it’s time. Go online and take a look at the lovely “Autumn Fire® Encore® Azalea or Autumn Bonfire in Valentines red, Autumn Starburst™ Encore Azalea in candy stripe pink and white, and stunning Autumn Chiffon™ Azalea in blush pink with a hot pink center and stamen.