Green gifts

A bouquet of flowers is lovely, but I’ve always thought it sad that you can spend £30+ on something that’s wilted and died within a week or so. It’s also not ideal if you’re looking for a present for a couple, or want to send something to a man. Okay, so he might love flowers, but unless his name’s Elton, it’s unlikely they’d be his first choice of pressie.

That’s why Plants4presents.co.uk is such a great idea. It delivers amazing plants anywhere in the UK on the date of your choosing.
You get a free, good quality metal bucket or wicker basket plant pot with every plant, plus a gift card typed with your own message. And we’re not talking specialist or boring shrubs, but fun, useful, easy-to-care-for plants for indoors or outdoors that anyone (of any age) can enjoy.

I’ve used the website four times now and everything I’ve ordered has been a huge hit. I’ve bought beautiful mini orange and lemon trees for my parents’ conservatory – they came laden with fruit, and almost a year on have flowered and grown more. I’ve also bought a mini (well, it’s 50cm high) olive tree as a ‘sorry’ present for someone (like offering an olive branch, y’see) and a demon chilli plant for a male friend.

The site also sells ‘Grow your own curry’ kits (three plants that form the ingredients for a Thai curry); ‘Grow your own tea’ plants (for the friend who loves a cuppa); blueberry bushes for health fanatics; and orchids for traditionalists.

Not sure what to buy? Ring them up – the staff are friendly and won’t just try to sell you what’s most expensive. What’s more, almost everything on the site costs £19-£35 – the same as a decent bunch of flowers, but for something far longer lasting. Bloomin’ brilliant.

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