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Great Gift Ideas for the Gardener

Updated on October 23, 2018
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Yvonne writes about and photographs the flora and fauna of Louisiana, sharing knowledge she learned through study and personal experience.

Candelabra flower is an annual Cassia which is the larval plant of sulfur butterflies. This annual is easy to start from seed.
Candelabra flower is an annual Cassia which is the larval plant of sulfur butterflies. This annual is easy to start from seed. | Source

What Can You Get the Plant Lover on Your List?

We are avid gardeners and we know that many non-gardeners don't always know which gifts plant lovers would enjoy and use. Here you'll find a list of our most desired gift items. Whether the gift is for Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day or Father's Day, you'll find something here that any plant enthusiast should love.

We have been gardening for over 40 years. In fact, we love to garden. Nothing is more satisfying than to get your hands dirty and to spend several peaceful hours in nature helping things grow.

My mother always said that if you want to please someone, you should give them something that you would like to receive. Here are things that we would use and enjoy. You may get some good ideas about what to give Aunt Paula or Uncle John and you might just enjoy our photographs which feature many of our favorite sustainable plants that gardeners would like to receive.

Native Azalea (Rhododendron canescens)

A lovely native pink azalea shrub will beautify the garden and attract pollinators for years.
A lovely native pink azalea shrub will beautify the garden and attract pollinators for years. | Source

Plants, Bulbs and Seeds Are Always Appreciated

Pass-Along Orange Daylilies

These lovely daylilies were passed along to me from my mother's garden.
These lovely daylilies were passed along to me from my mother's garden. | Source

Seed Starting Kits

Plant lovers often start flowers, vegetables and herbs from seed. There are kits which make it easy. Collections of seeds or plants are always appreciated, so tucking some packages of seeds into any present would sweeten the gift. Put it all in a large reuseable basket with a handle that could be used for gathering the cut flowers, herbs and veggies that grow from the seeds. Add a big bow and the present is complete.

Heirloom roses such as this Noisette Pink Blush make the best gifts. Ones that can be passed down for generations.
Heirloom roses such as this Noisette Pink Blush make the best gifts. Ones that can be passed down for generations. | Source

Heirloom Plants

Heirloom plants are easy to care for and hardy. They have survived under adverse conditions for years and many are used by wildlife. Antique roses and other old favorites have been passed along for generations.

Most heirloom roses are very fragrant and don't require chemical sprays and pesticides like many of the modern hybrid teas. They are the only type of rose that I grow. The rose hips are high in vitamin C and can be used in teas and jellies. Start a family tradition with a rose plant. I have always treasured an old pink rose that was passed down from my mother. It grows in a prominet place in the memory garden.

Pear Tree

A fruit tree, such as this pear makes a lovely sustainable gift.
A fruit tree, such as this pear makes a lovely sustainable gift. | Source

Fruit Trees and Shrubs

Native or cultivated fruit trees and shrubs would be a good present for someone who was interested in a sustainable landscape. These plants produce beautiful flowers and delicious edible fruit for years. I especially like mayhaw, pear and plum trees. The fruit can be used to make delicious jelly or jam.

A variety of Christmas and Thanksgiving cactus that has been thriving for years. I took them outside on a warm fall/winter day for the photo.
A variety of Christmas and Thanksgiving cactus that has been thriving for years. I took them outside on a warm fall/winter day for the photo. | Source

Christmas Cactus and Easter Cactus Are Fun!

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers - There are oodles of rare and unusual plants and flower seeds including perennial plants available online. Many are easy to germinate and care for.

Christmas and Easter cactus (Zygocactus) are some of the most beautiful succulent plants. They do well as house plants or on a porch during warm weather. When they aren't blooming, they prefer dry soil so they thrive on neglect.

You Can't Have Too Many Books

A good gardening book will keep me occupied for hours especially when the weather is not conducive to venturing outside. My favorite non-fiction genres include plant identification, wildlife and sustainable gardening, native and old-fashioned plants as well as vegetable and herb gardening. Books with good illustrations and photographs are a must.

We All Love Tools, Gadgets and Garden Attire

There are so many gadgets that make gardening easier. Planters love things with pockets where they can put hand tools and gloves. A caddy that fits on a weeding bucket is a great gift. All those needed tools are within reach during weeding or pruning sessions and there's a place for the cuttings or weeds... such a neat gadget.

I have several aprons made of sturdy fabric with big pockets to hold tools, gloves, seeds, ties, etc. I really like ones that cover your chest and keeps your clothes clean. I don't have to search for the clippers or trowel because they're right there in the apron pocket.

If you fill a plastic bucket with other gadgets such as sturdy stainless steel trowels, sharp clippers, some Atlas gloves and an apron with lots of pockets, you'll make someone very happy.

Art Work and Photographs

We enjoy photographing the flowers and wildlife in our yard. Most people would enjoy a pretty poster, print or other visual art. We have provided a few pretty floral pictures here to brighten up your day and to give you good plant suggestions. Native Indian Pinks are my favorite flower. They grow in shade and are striking in the landscape. The fact that hummingbirds love them only adds to their charm.

Indian Pink

The striking native perennial, Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica) is one of my favorite flowers.
The striking native perennial, Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica) is one of my favorite flowers. | Source

Calendars are beautiful and useful gifts

Nature Calendars to Enjoy All Year Long

Gardeners need to keep track of plantings and some even plant by the full moon, so calendars are a must have. Many beautiful nature calendars are available online. There are wonderful photos on every page and gardeners who are also crafters can recycle the photos.

All calendars can be customized with the year, special dates, style and even the photos. These calendars are a great green gift.

Butterflies and Flowers of Louisiana

We have photographed many of the beautiful butterflies that inhabit Louisiana.
We have photographed many of the beautiful butterflies that inhabit Louisiana. | Source

Relaxation Gift Baskets

Mugs, teas and coffee, herbal bath salts and soaps, scented candles

After a busy day of gardening, I enjoy relaxing in a warm bath infused with herbal bath salts or a shower with some lavender scented soap. A nice cup of soothing chamomile tea with ginger, turmeric and honey in a pretty floral mug helps to ensure a restful sleep so I will be “bright-eyed and bushy tailed” come morning.

Group all of these things, plus some delicious jelly and jam and some scone or muffin mix in a useful basket to create a thoughtful and caring gift.

Annual chamomile flowers make a relaxing tea. I picked these flowers and dried them so they will be available through the winter. They are easy to grow from seed.
Annual chamomile flowers make a relaxing tea. I picked these flowers and dried them so they will be available through the winter. They are easy to grow from seed. | Source

A Greenhouse the Ultimate Gift!

Deep down inside, every gardener wants his/her own greenhouse. Choose one that is large enough, but that will fit nicely into the backyard. We all would love to have a place to save those less cold hardy plants during the winter and it's also a great place to start vegetable, herb and flower seeds for the spring garden.

We have a custom built greenhouse/chicken coop for our space so that we can keep delicate tropicals such as bananas and citrus trees alive through harsh winters.

For southern gardeners, a portable greenhouse that could be erected during winter and taken down for the rest of the year might be a good choice.

Gardeners Love Pretty Things

Monarch on Lantana

Most butterflies, including monarchs, are attracted to lantana.
Most butterflies, including monarchs, are attracted to lantana. | Source

For an extra special gift you may want to try one of the online print-on-demand shops which provide a variety of ready-made and custom gift product designs including art and photographic poster prints, calendars, clothing, mugs and bags. Some even convert photographs ans designs into embroidery on textiles.

Wildflowers of Louisiana

Wildflowers include leather-flower clematis, red buckeye, blue violets, flame azalea, Indian pink, southern magnolia, copper iris, pink native azalea and liatris.
Wildflowers include leather-flower clematis, red buckeye, blue violets, flame azalea, Indian pink, southern magnolia, copper iris, pink native azalea and liatris. | Source

Gift Certificate

If all else fails, give them a gift certificate to a favorite garden supply house or nursery.

Magnolia Blossom

Magnolias have large, fragrant flowers. The seed cones are also attractive and the red seeds are eaten by many species of birds.
Magnolias have large, fragrant flowers. The seed cones are also attractive and the red seeds are eaten by many species of birds. | Source

Gardeners Gift Poll

Which gift would you like to receive?

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    • latishaalford profile image

      latishaalford 

      6 years ago

      This lens is simply beautiful and very informative

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Yup, you avid gardeners do have an edge up on knowing what gardeners at all levels would appreciate as a gift with a great variety of products and price ranges to fit everyone's taste and budget. I particularly love your Indian Pink poster, so simply complex and elegant! Congratulations on home page honors!

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      Sara Krentz 

      6 years ago from USA

      Wonderful list; I see so many things that I would love : )

    • Judith Nazarewicz profile image

      Judith Nazarewicz 

      6 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Love your lens and I'm a gardener and your choice of gifts is spot on!

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      Karen 

      6 years ago from U.S.

      I'd love to have the Fiskars garden caddy / weeding bucket, and/or the Farmer's Market calendar -- I need to point this page toward my husband :-)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I am the original thumb of dead plants. Hoping your lens will give me more to work with. ps--There's a wonderful day lilly farm and web site in Missouri.

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      NuttSoRuff 

      6 years ago

      I just started trying my hand at gardening this past summer. It sure is a learning experience but I found that it is a healthy outlet to get your mind of things.

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      Essentially Ind 

      6 years ago

      it's beautiful and natural gift.........:)

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      pawpaw911 

      6 years ago

      Excellent choices for gardener gifts.

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      Tom 

      6 years ago

      Lots of great gift ideas!

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      treehousebrando1 

      6 years ago

      I don't have a garden to tend to currently, but when I own a house I'd like to think I would have one. I like the idea of creating an atmosphere around your home that's appealing.

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      olmpal 

      6 years ago

      Gardeners would appreciate any of these gifts for sure! Nice lens!

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      kingsrookie lm 

      7 years ago

      Found this on Squidom and had to check it out! Made a similar lens but yours is really great looking!

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      Great lens! I saw several things I hope are under the tree with my name on them.

      Bj

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      Hi Naturegirl,

      Just wanted to say thankyou for featuring my Seasons 2009 calendar on your lense!

      What a fabulous lense it is....looks great:)

      AvisNoelleDesignswoo

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      Kiwisoutback 

      10 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great work! Cool color scheme on the lens, looks nice.

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