12 best Mother’s Day flowers and bouquets to put a spring in her step

Little beats the delight of fresh flowers arriving at your door, so why not surprise her with one of these beautiful arrangements

Jess Denham@jess_denham
Tuesday 09 March 2021 17:12
<h3>From bouquets to letterbox blooms, we’ve even got an edible gift too</h3>

From bouquets to letterbox blooms, we’ve even got an edible gift too

Mother’s Day is coming up – put Sunday 14 March in your diary now! And with the UK still largely in lockdown, sending your mum flowers is the best way to show her that you miss her.

There’s a host of beautiful bouquets available for nationwide UK delivery this year, from elegant whites and pastels to cheery spring-time brights. You’ll find our pick of the bunch below, along with the delivery fees and the final date to order by for Mother’s Day delivery.

Should a contact-free delivery be preferable in these Covid times, we’ve also included some lovely letterbox options. We love a wildcard entry at IndyBest, so you’ll find a tasty surprise on our list too...

To find the best blooms, we judged each flower delivery on its wow factor, quality and longevity. From well-known brands to under-the-radar independents, there are fabulous flowers to suit all tastes and budgets in our roundup. Time to rack up some brownie points!

You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world testing and expert advice. This revenue helps to fund journalism across The Independent.

The Real Flower Company simply peony pink rose bouquet

Delivery fees: Next-day (Tues-Fri, order by 3pm), £5.99; Saturday, £9.99

Order by: 3pm, Friday 12 March

Peonies are many a mum’s favourite flower, but alas, March falls outside of peony season. Happily, these peony-style roses offer the perfect substitute with their big, blousy heads and divine scent. They’re grown on The Real Flower Company’s carbon neutral Fairtrade farm in Kenya, so you can rest assured that both their quality and ethics are tip-top. They arrive hand-tied and safely packaged in a classy green box adorned with a big green ribbon. Lavender, pistache and mint add texture, but the roses rightly take centre stage, slowly unfurling in your vase for at least a week of splendour. Choose from four sizes: small (16 roses, £66), medium (24 roses, £95), large (pictured, 30 roses, £120), deluxe (36 roses, £145). Coming back into stock soon.

Bloom & Wild Caroline

Delivery fees: Mon-Thurs, free; Friday, £4; Saturday, £6; Sunday, £9

Order by:12.30pm, Saturday 13 March

Though best known for letterbox flowers such as this colourful Caroline bunch, Bloom & Wild also offers hand-tied bouquets. These tulips, roses and billy buttons arrive sleeping in an illustrated brown box, with recyclable netting protecting any delicate flower heads. They are packed in bud, ready to blossom in your vase and impress for a solid ten days. Uniquely, the tulips still have their bulbs on, both for added freshness and the option of replanting them in your garden, which green-fingered mums will enjoy. You get two sachets of flower food for days one and three, plus a detailed arranging guide that’s clear and fun to follow. The free gift cards are particularly nice too.

Bloom pemberley bouquet

Delivery fees:Standard (Mon-Fri), £7.90; Saturday or Sunday, £17.50

Order by:12pm, Friday 12 March

Sending your mum Mr Darcy for Mother’s Day might be a tall order, but this decadent blush bouquet, named after the Jane Austen hero’s Derbyshire estate, is the next best thing. It’s designed by celebrity London florist Larry Walshe, hand-tied and packaged with no plastic anywhere in sight. Vintage in style, it’s all thriller and no filler, featuring roses, astrantia, lisianthus, stocks and wax flower. You’ll need a big budget to afford it, but it’s worth the splurge if you can, lasting ten days before starting to fade. It’s incredible 62 stems fill three vases and smell heavenly.

Flying Flowers perfectly pretty mum

Delivery fees: Standard (Mon-Sat), free; nominated day and Sunday, £3.99

Order by:8pm, Friday 12 March

For less than £30, this jolly bunch of yellow and pink roses, carnations and chrysanthemums offers great value for money, especially as standard delivery is free. The flowers are delivered pre-arranged and in bud so that mum can enjoy their beauty for longer, with a seven-day freshness guarantee for peace of mind. Helpful care tips are printed on the inside of the box and a sachet of flower food is included too. Thanks to a special Mother’s Day offer, she’ll get double the roses that are advertised, making this bouquet feel all the more generous.

Interflora Mother’s Day hand-tied made with the finest flowers

Delivery fees: Next or nominated day, £7; Sunday, £11

Order by: 5pm, Saturday 13 March

Supporting small businesses has been at the forefront of our pandemic shopping agenda, and Interflora lets you do just that. Simply pick pastels or brights depending on mum’s tastes, then let her local artisan florist work their magic with the freshest stems they have available. Each bouquet is hand-crafted and hand-delivered, with a handwritten gift note, so if it’s that all-important personal touch you’re after, look no further. There are multiple price points to choose from and if your mum has a furry friend, you can order a lily-free bouquet.

FLOWERBX siren pink double tulip

Delivery fees: Sunday, £5

Order by: 11.59pmThursday 11 March; same-day available Fri-Sun in London (order by 1pm)

‘Tis the season for tulips, and this double variety has twice as many petals for extra frilly fun. Flowerbx is a chic brand, founded by fashion designer Tom Ford’s former PA, and its USP is that it only sells single-species bouquets. Every bloom is sourced to order straight from the grower, providing optimal freshness, and there’s a huge seasonal choice online, meaning you’re bound to find mum’s favourite. You can select 25 or 50 stems to suit your budget and there are some stunning vases and candles to add-on.

Arena Flowers never far away

Delivery fees:Standard, free; Sunday, £5

Order by:7pm, Saturday 13 March

It was the heartwarmingly appropriate name of this bouquet, as well as its joyful colour and texture, that pulled us in. Reminding your mum that you’ll always be there for her, through the medium of pink and orange roses, blue agapanthus and purple veronica, is a surefire winning move. Even more so if she’s eco-minded, as Arena Flowers plants a tree for every bouquet bought. There’s a wide range of free, high quality gift cards available to add to your order, eliminating the need to send one separately.

Lavender Green Flowers make it for mum

Delivery fees: Standard, free

Order by:3pm, Wednesday 10 March

This cute concept is all about giving children the chance to arrange and present their own Mother’s Day bouquet. Each letterbox-friendly DIY kit comes with an array of pre-cut seasonal flowers and foliage, twine, ribbon and easy to follow instructions. Expect wonderfully fragrant hyacinths, delicate paper whites and spring-time tulips, all of which are sure to cheer up anyone. If you’re buying for your own mum, the Chelsea florist Lavender Green Flowers has a gorgeous range of literature-inspired bouquets available too. 

Next Flowers the chateau bouquet

Delivery fees: Next-day (order by 12pm on Sat and Sun, by 9pm Mon-Fri), free

Order by:12pm, Saturday 13 March

For that French touch of je ne sais quoi, look to Next’s floral collaboration with Angel Strawbridge from Channel 4’s Escape to the Chateau. Chances are, your mum will be an avid watcher of this charming series, which follows Angel and her husband Dick as they attempt to restore a 19th century chateau to its former glory. This soft pink and lilac bouquet celebrates the flowers that grow in their walled garden. It arrives hand-tied, boasting an excellent variety of blooms including roses, tulips, clematis and snapdragons. Flower food is provided to help it last for well over a week, and delivery is free, even on Sundays.

Biscuiteers Mother’s Day flowers biscuit tin

Delivery fees: Next-day (Mon-Fri, order by 1pm), £3.99; nominated day, £6.95; Saturday or Sunday, £9.95; same-day (London only), £15-25

Order by: 1pm, Saturday 13 March

If mum has a sweet tooth, she may prefer to eat her flowers! These hand-iced pastel-coloured biscuits taste as delicious as they look, with a subtle cinnamon and ginger flavour. They have a satisfying crunch,  described by London-based Biscuiteers as “somewhere between the snap of a gingerbread and the crumble of a shortbread”, and come thoughtfully presented in a pretty keepsake tin. They have a shelf life of at least a month and you can even add a gift message.

Bunches rose garden

Delivery fees:Standard, free; tracked, £1.99; guaranteed and Sunday, £5.99

Order by: 11.59pm, Thursday 11 March

Mums with a penchant for pink will adore this abundant bouquet from family-run Bunches, inspired by an English rose garden. The flower to foliage ratio is fantastic for the price, and we love the combination of big peach roses and smaller cerise sprays, backed up by lisianthus, wax flower, eucalyptus and pussy willow. They arrive in bud to maximise their vase life, with flower food and care tips provided inside the robust box. They’re guaranteed to look lively for seven days, but note that the vintagey jug pictured here is not included.

Appleyard London orchid blossom

Delivery fees:Tracked (Mon-Sat), £5.99; premium tracked (Mon-Sat), £7.99

Order by: Saturday 13 March

If you really want to spoil your mum, white orchids exude A-list luxury. This extravagant bouquet features seven of the finest, with a supporting ensemble of cream roses, pink oriental lilies and blush chrysanthemums. They’re guaranteed to bloom for at least a week, but many of the 50 stems are long-lasting enough to look gorgeous for up to three. Care tips and flower food are included, with all varieties arriving either semi-bloomed or still in bud, packaged in a stylish monochrome box. Let’s hope mum has more than one empty vase at home, as these flowers will easily fill at least two.

The Verdict: Mother’s Day flowers

We love the quality and ethos of The Real Flower Company, and their pink peony roses are sure to bring a smile to any mum’s face - even in lockdown! There’s a choice of sizes at different price points, but they start at £66. If you’re looking for a more wallet-friendly bouquet, try Arena Flowers or Bloom & Wild for excellent value for money.

Looking to add something a little extra to make her smile? Read our guide to the best personalised Mother’s Day gifts

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