Flower deliveries used to be one degree above those limp roses you picked up at a gas station: cheesy, deeply thoughtless last-minute gifts that you’d get when you realized, day of, that it’s her birthday or Mother’s Day. But not anymore. Flower delivery services and subscriptions have come a long way, and now you can get seasonal bouquets delivered that are thoughtfully designed and actually feel special. The flowers are fresh, ethically sourced, and come in lots of arrangements for every taste. And since we’re all still largely holed up inside, a fragrant bouquet of peonies, blue thistle, snapdragon, or eucalyptus is an instant mood-booster.
Horticultural expert Joyce Mast, who’s Bloomscape’s on-site Plant Mom, says flowers make for great gifts because they “can boost moods and create a sense of happiness as they represent new life and beauty. They can represent pleasant memories and express feelings such as love, sympathy and celebrations. Their scent can relieve anxiety and stress when used in aromatherapy and candles.”
These are the best flower delivery services and flower subscriptions for Mother’s Day — or any day.
One of the biggest names in flower deliveries, UrbanStems curates bouquets and plants for every taste — with an emphasis on taste: the bouquet designs are more original and artful than what you might be used to. Plus, the brand works with Rainforest Alliance-certified farms, so you can feel good about your orders. There are three types of subscription plans, Classic, Seasonal, and Luxe, ranging from $55 to $100 per delivery, and one-off flower deliveries, which also include dried flower arrangements, range from $35 to $190. Two-day and same-day shipping range in price from $8 to $10. Vibe: Modern and streamlined.
This ultra-cool flower subscription combines blooms and crafting. Each month, she gets 35 stems, plus step-by-step instructions, measuring tape, and vase labels to create an arrangement by hand. Vibe: Artsy and meditative.
This delivery service works differently than its peers: First, you choose what you want to convey, be it romantic or platonic love, among other options. Then you choose the type of gesture: Grand, message bunches, or table piece. Then you choose the delivery date, the style or mood, and the shape and color palette. And the brand's 'artists and editors' will complete your arrangement the way you designed it. The order includes a hand-crafted vase, hand-measured flower food, and a wrapper. Vibe: Structured creativity.
With Floom, there's a slightly different model. The brand sources every bouquet directly from its partner florists. So everything is hyper-local. To that end, you enter in a zip code, and see what's available to you. Prices depend on what you choose, but the choices are pretty much endless. The vibe: Local and varied.
Bouqs seeks out eco-friendly farms with sustainable growing practices, and sources its blooms directly from farmers. With this flower delivery subscription service, you get fresher flowers that should, in theory, last longer. You choose the size of the bouquet; the most dramatic one has 30 to 45 stems. With a subscription, the bouquets range from $35 to $46, with entirely free shipping. Vibe: Vibrant and creative.
Instead of a mashup of different blooms, you get one perfect arrangement of a specific flower, be it a Gerbera daisy or a coffee rose. As with other brands on this list, FLOWERBX sources its flowers directly from growers, which means they stay fresh longer. Flowers, be they a one-time delivery or by subscription, range in price from around $65 to $210. Vibe: Elegant and sleek.
Another gorgeous option, this lavender tree smells are delightful as it looks. It loves bright sun and the warm outdoors. The purple hue symbolizes royalty, while the plant itself stands for devotion, grace, and calmness. Vibe: Green and fresh.
Think of this flower delivery brand as the flower version of farm-to-table food: BloomsyBox owns its own farms in Colombia, Ecuador, and California, and thus has control over growing practices and salaries. Each bouquet is hand-tied, and arrives with flower food and a card telling you how to care for it. They offer one-off deliveries, along with weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly deliveries, ranging in price from $40 to $75. Shipping is included in the price. Vibe: Dynamic, fun, and colorful.
ProFlowers specializes in more traditional, unfussy bouquets, and its monthly flower deliveries feature crowd-pleasers like roses, tulips, and Stargazer lilies. The blooms are hand-picked, and the brand guarantees they'll stay fresh for seven days after delivery. It also offers same-day delivery for any last-minute gift givers. Bouquets range from $40 to $80, and standard delivery fees range from $6 to $12. The vibe: Accessible and traditional.
If she's got a green thumb, get her an actual plant, as opposed to flowers. Anthuriums are the world’s longest blooming houseplant, and each bloom lasts up to two months. They're bright and gorgeous and love sunshine. And it arrives in a ceramic planter. Vibe: So, so pretty.
Here's a quick explainer: Succulents are a group of plants that store water in their thick(er) leaves and generally require less water than their peers. First, you decide whether this is subscription for you or a gift for someone else. Then, you choose how many succulents you want; we opted for two succulents per month with clay pots. A yearlong subscription runs you $228. And each month, you get a fresh selection of live succulents delivered to you. Past boxes included Haworthia Zebra, Echeveria Minima Blue, Echeveria Lola and Echeveria Blue Fairy.
If she's the type of person who loves making her own bouquets, consider this service. Every month, with the premium deliver, she gets 50 stems. And in this case, it's all about variety: Roses, calla lilies, hydrangeas, and garden roses, to name but a few. All the stems are 20 inches long, and the flowers arrive arranged and ready for her (or you) to place in a vase or vases. The vibe: Elegant.
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