This year, instead of flowers, why not give a plant for Valentine’s Day? We usually think of flowers for Valentine’s Day and believe me, I have nothing against flowers, but giving a plant instead has its perks!
First, flowers only last a week or so; plants continue to grow with no expiration date, like flowers. Plants make the ideal gift.
It’s Sunday favorites, along with my friends Mary Ann and Cindy, and this plant idea for Valentine’s Day inspired by Terrain is one of my faves this week.
What are the best plants to give for Valentine’s Day?
A plant lover will love any plant, but there are a few plants that would be the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Heart-shaped leaves are the perfect way to say Happy Valentine’s Day.
- Heart-shaped Hoya – A vine-like succulent that requires full sun. I love these little Hoya hearts, but they are typically not easy to find.
- String of Herts Plant – Perfect for hanging and needs partial sun.
- Heartleaf Philodendron is a great gift for a new plant lover as philodendrons are very low maintenance—the easiest care plant. My friend used to call it the perfect dorm room plant!
- Cyclamen – Bright, indirect light.
- Monstera Deliciosa – Bright, indirect sunlight
- A small pink rose plant (flowers and a plant) is readily available at Trader Joe’s, the grocery store, or your local garden center.
How to make beautiful plants into a lovely gift instead of Valentine’s Day flowers!
Inspired by a visit to Terrain this week, I made beautiful Valentine’s Day plants into a unique gift that only took a few minutes to assemble.
Add a foraged branch and paint it pink.
The plant that caught my eye at Terrain in Westport was a simple vine. It had a simple curved branch inserted into the potted plant. But what made it so interesting was that it was painted bright pink. They also used reindeer moss that had been dyed pink!
I used a little pink food coloring gel to dye the naturally preserved moss. I would not have thought to do this, but I thought it looked interesting for Valentine’s Day.
I used ColorShot Spray Paint from Michales. I had never used this brand before, but I loved the color, and then when I started using it, I loved it even more. It is so easy to use!
Add a little glass heart ornament.
Then, like Terrain, I added a glass heart tied with pink twine. I used simple clay pots. I think the simple earthiness of the pot is perfect for a pink heart on a pink branch. It is a thoughtful gift, but the pink branch can be removed after Valentine’s Day.
I also used the glass ornaments on bare branches on the porch! I love the look of the red with the natural branches. I covered the base with canvas and nestled in some Stargazer Lights.
Wrap it up
To make it an extra special gift, paint a small box or gift bag with pink paint! It looks cute, but a box also makes it easier to deliver it to someone. I plan to drop these off on my friends’ doorsteps, and with a bit of care in wrapping them up, a simple houseplant makes a fantastic gift!
A Few More Sunday Favorites:
LEGO Roses Building Kit LEGO has had some cool kits lately, from frameable abstract art to these new LEGO Roses—the perfect gift. You can make it with your child or grandchild. My kids would have loved this! These LEGO Cherry Blossoms are
Have you heard of the Sleepy Girl Mocktail? I had not until recently. It mixes tart cherry juice, magnesium powder, and seltzer. I will try it, but I would love to know if you’ve heard of it! According to this article on CNN, some experts are saying yes.
This article is in The New Yorker by David Sedaris. It’s about friendship and a little bit about walking 43 miles in a single day. That’s 91,000 steps, in case you were wondering like I was!
Magnetic Iron Taper Candle Dish – If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen how I used this magnetic iron taper candle dish with seed pods, foraged dried flowers, and some reindeer moss. The candle holders can be moved around the tray.
I can’t wait to use it at Easter with chocolate bunnies and spring plant