Pot plants over cut flowers: the Valentine's Day gift that keep on giving

Romance is in the air this month and for for the incurable romantics, which usually includes gardeners. Days like Valentine's Day are an opportunity to spoil the one you love or admire, with a gift that will keep on giving. The traditional gift of Valentine's Day is a bunch of long stem roses, which will never go out of fashion, after all who can resist the perfume and beauty of roses?

There are however alternatives. Perfumed plants for the garden or containers are ideal gifts, which mean the flowers and the thought behind them will last much longer than cut flowers in a vase.
Some of the best-perfumed plants that make an ideal gift for any occasion are; potted roses of course, look for ones that have good perfume such as love potion, best friend and poetry. Gardenias are handsome evergreen shrubs that produce an abundance of fragrant white flowers during the summer months.

At home in the ground or containers, a morning sun position is ideal. Individual blooms can be picked to bring their delightful fragrance indoors. Frangipani makes a beautiful gift with its highly fragrant white and yellow flowers. There are many highly decorative varieties also available in reds, oranges, pinks, and combinations.

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