13 best Mother's Day flowers to brighten her special day

Jess Denham
·14 min read
We've included the latest date to order and delivery costs (iStock)
We've included the latest date to order and delivery costs (iStock)

Whether you’re reading this with days to spare (congratulations!) or freaking out last minute (commiserations!), rest assured that there’s a dreamy bouquet of flowers with your lovely mum’s name on it that will be delivered in time.

Your flower-loving friends at IndyBest have tried and tested bunches upon bunches of beautiful blooms to come up with our list of the best, all of which are available for online order and UK nationwide delivery.

There’s something to suit all budgets and we’ve included the last time and date to order to guarantee delivery on or by Mother’s Day, as well as the delivery fee.

Every brand has passed our rigorous quality checks to ensure that every bouquet looks as good as the marketing photo and lasts well in the vase. Personalised messages can be added at the checkout, so your mum will know you’ve sent them.

If you’re stuck on what colours to plump for, the floristry whizzes at Serenata Flowers are tipping “neutral shades with soft colour palettes comprised of subtle tonal differences” to be most popular this year. Think natural, earthy tones with trendy mint green foliage.

But if the deserving woman in your life likes her flowers bright and beautiful, don’t despair. Clashing colour palettes reflecting the psychedelic prints of the Seventies are also inspiring florists, as are minimalist arrangements that let one species, such as tulips, shine.

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.​

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Bloom &Wild the Louisa

Order by: 10pm on Saturday 21 March.Delivery on Mother’s Day is £8

Bloom & Wild is the go-to online floristry brand for many of us with good reason: its blooms are packaged carefully in rustic brown boxes that are cleverly designed to fit through the letterbox – no more worrying about where your delivery will end up, should the recipient not be at home when it arrives. New to Bloom & Wild’s extensive range of bouquets – some of which are hand-arranged if it’s instant impact you’re after – is the Louisa, a pretty selection of soft pinks, yellows and creams, backed up by several unusual varieties of foliage. Our promised 27 stems of roses, stocks, freesia, carnations and gypsophila arrived partly flowering, partly in bud. The delightfully-scented stocks were drooping slightly upon arrival but perked up tremendously after a night in fresh water mixed with one of two included sachets of flower food (you refresh the water and use the second batch two days later). The heads of the roses were encased in soft netting to protect them on route – we aren’t fans of single-use plastic but they arrived unharmed. The detailed colour booklet of Louisa-specific styling tips is a handy thoughtful touch that hobby flower arrangers will enjoy. We were impressed with how our attempt turned out after following Bloom & Wild’s easy-to-follow guidance and we appreciated the colourful personalised card and discount code for our next order.

Buy now £34.00, Bloom & Wild

Next Flowers The Chateau wild rose bouquet

Order by: 12pm on Saturday 21 March will be delivered on Mother’s Day. next-day delivery is free

Given how much we love Channel 4’s Escape to the Chateau, which follows the lovely Dick and Angel Strawbridge as they bring a 19th-century French chateau back to its former glory, our excitement when we spotted Angel had a new range out with Next knew no bounds. The wild rose bouquet is a celebration of the rose, which the couple grow in their idyllic Walled Garden. It features cerise and purple roses, supported by blazing orange ranunculus, red hypericum, thistles and plenty of textural foliage. Our bouquet arrived already arranged, with flower food to keep the blooms fresh. We’d have appreciated some arranging tips in case your mum fancies channelling her inner Angel and having a go herself. Still, this bunch looks cheerful in the vase, if not quite as exuberant as in the marketing photo, and is a fantastic value for the variety of stems you receive (nine different types).

Buy now £35.00, Next

123 Flowers pretty & pink

Order by: 12pm on Saturday 21 March for free next day delivery on Mother’s Day.

There’s no need to break the piggy bank this Mother’s Day as 123 Flowers supply fresh stems at a bargain price. Mums who love all things pink will enjoy admiring this feminine hand-tied bouquet of cerise spray carnations, alstroemerias and gypsophila. You only get 13 stems but there are multiple buds on many of them, meaning it’ll look a lot fuller after a couple of days in a vase. The waterproof card vase that comes with each bunch is a fun, practical touch and the alstroemerias from our sample bouquet are still going strong 10 days after delivery. The Pretty & Pink comes in three sizes, with the medium size (£3 extra) shown in the photo. Flowers are safely packed in an attractive branded box along with a protective waterbag to keep them fresh during transit.

Buy now £22.00, 123 Flower

Interflora Mother’s Day apricot hand-tied

Order by: 5pm on Saturday 21 March for delivery on Mother’s Day. Delivery is £7.

Peach and lilac large-headed roses, red antirrhinums, blue veronica, pink spray roses, pistache and panicum grass make up this pretty and unusual bouquet. We like this well-known brand’s business model – each bunch is handcrafted and hand-delivered by one of 1,200 local artisan florists, meaning your flowers won’t have travelled halfway around the country before reaching their final destination. They arrive in bud for freshness, meaning they look a less “wow” upon delivery than they do in the marketing photo but last longer (they’re guaranteed for at least seven days), which is what we reckon mums would prefer. Bouquets come in water and are wrapped in biodegradable cellophane, tied with recycled ribbon and packaged in an eco-friendly box. Two sachets of flower food are provided. The standard size with 14 stems is pictured but you can pay an extra £15 for a larger bouquet of 19 stems. Personal messages can be added at the checkout and are handwritten into cards.

£50.00, Interflora

Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart gypsophila cloud bouquet

Order by: 2pm on Friday 20 March for delivery the next morning, costing £15. The brand doesn’t offer Sunday delivery

Ethereal gypsophila, also known as baby’s breath, looks set to be the favourite flower of 2020 brides. Luxury British florist Nikki Tibbles has jumped on this blossoming trend and launched a new “cloud bouquet” that epitomises minimalist elegance. Classy mums will be taken aback when this huge bunch of lilac gypsophila, part of the enchanted collection, which arrives spilling out of a stylish black bag printed with the London brand’s logo. The plentiful stems are hand-tied with brown string so the arrangement won’t fall apart during transference from bag to vase – displaying it couldn’t be easier for mums. These flowers are expensive but they last for weeks in water and even look pretty when decaying (they turn whiter).

Buy now £60.00, Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart

Serenata Flowers scented moonlight

Order by: 8pm on Saturday 21 March. Delivery is free

This British online florist is growing in popularity thanks to its pretty bouquets that marry affordability and quality with delivery reassurance (much of its range is letterbox-friendly). Our top choice, scented moonlight, will impress mums who prefer calming whites and neutrals to bright colours. Scented freesias mix with lisianthus, asters and stocks for a 20-stem strong bunch of joy that looks and smells like its been freshly picked from an English cottage garden. These blooms are wrapped in clear cellophane (a drawback, we know) and carefully laid into a box that’ll fit through the recipient’s letterbox. The flowers arrive partly in bud for longevity (ours are still looking healthy after a week), with care instructions and flower food included.

Buy now £29.99, Serenata Flowers

FLOWERBX French kiss Dutch tulip

Order by: 12pm on Friday 20 March for £10 nationwide next day delivery on Saturday, as it only delivers to London addresses on Sunday (£12.50 next day, £15 same day). Delivery is free if you order two days before.

Founded by Tom Ford’s former personal assistant, this brand is as fashionable as you’d expect. It’s got a cool USP too – the brand only sells bunches of single species, all of which are sourced to order and delivered directly from the grower. Nothing could be fresher. There’s a wide range of blooms to browse online, most of which are available for nationwide delivery. We love the anemones and tuberose but it’s hard to beat tulips in spring, which is why we recommend sending your mum a mass of bright pink Dutch delights. Choose from £35 for 25 stems or £55 for 50 if you’re after a bulk deal. Flowers are hand-delivered in signature kraft paper packaging in London and in white FLOWERBX boxes for nationwide orders. The brand’s vases are stunning too – the wide apothecary vase shown in the picture costs £35.

Buy now £35.00, FLOWERBX

Appleyard London scented spring

Order by: 6.30pm on Saturday 21 March for nationwide deliveries. It’s £6.99, or £8.99 to arrive before 2pm. For London, you have until 11am on the big day itself for same-day delivery between 12pm and 5pm.

We love this vibrant bunch of blue hyacinths, purple tulips, paperwhites and dusky pink roses. The scent, courtesy of those hyacinths, is divine and will fill any room your mum displays them in. The first day of spring is two days before Mother’s Day and this uplifting seasonal bouquet is a joyful way to welcome those warmer, lighter days. It comes in two sizes – “bijou” and the larger “chic”, with the latter shown in the photo and is £10 more. Flowers arrive hand-tied in branded, sadly plastic, wrapping and are packaged in a box with a monochrome floral print. Personal messages in a standard black card are free or you can upgrade to a jazzier gift card for £1.99.

Buy now £29.99, Appleyard London

Arena Flowers Mother’s Day elegance

Order by: 9pm on Saturday 21 March for Mother’s Day delivery, which is £8.

Sustainably-minded mums will appreciate you choosing ethical florist Arena Flowers, which plants one tree for every bouquet sold in countries like Haiti, Mozambique and Madagascar. New for Mother’s Day is this gloriously abundant bunch of lisianthus, waxflower, two types of eucalyptus and three different species of rose. The soft peachy tones are bang on trend and will complement any interior colour palette. The 33 stems are hand-tied in bud, ready to pop in a vase in their arranged shape and unfurl in the warmth of Mum’s home. They should delight her for around 10 days (tip: refresh the water regularly and remove any browning outer petals from the roses to keep them looking tip-top for longer). The bouquets are wrapped in white biodegradable paper and secured with a blue ribbon, before being popped into an aqua pack and a custom-designed box to ensure they arrive in the best possible condition.

Buy now £65.98, Arena Flowers

The Happy Blossoms the raspberry roulade dried baked blossom bunch

Order by: Thursday 19 March at 12pm for next day delivery which is £10.

Dried flowers are trending at the moment, thanks in no small part to the sustainability movement (they have a low carbon footprint and a long shelf life, minimising waste). Dorset florist The Happy Blossoms has launched a new “baked blossoms” range in response to demand, featuring eight designs inspired by the beautiful blossoming season of spring. The bunches comprise an array of flowers and grasses that are dried, preserved, bleached or painted, often to colourful effect (colour is what this brand does best). They’ll last up to a year if looked after properly. Our favourite is the raspberry roulade with its hot pinks and lavender. The downside to dried flowers is that they are brittle and can be very delicate but we were pleasantly surprised to find our sample in perfect condition upon delivery. Bunches arrive wrapped in kraft paper with a raffia bow and the brand’s signature “flowers make people happy” tag, all carefully secured in a recyclable box. There are helpful care instructions included (“important: dried flowers do not need water”). Three sizes are available: small, £26; medium, £36; and large, £46, with the medium size shown in the photo.

Buy now £26.00, The Happy Blossoms

Grace & Thorn the Wes

Order by: 12pm on Friday 20 March for next day nationwide delivery. Some London postcodes eligible for same day delivery up until 12pm on Mother’s Day. The delivery price is hefty at £16 (£11 for local London areas).

Fancy Hackney florist Grace & Thorn rightly prides itself on its wild and wonderful bouquets, all of which show off the creative skills of its talented staff. Our pick of the bunch, if you’ll pardon the pun, is the Wes, described on the brand’s website as “a homage to the king of film himself”. Inspired by director Wes Anderson’s colourful movies, from The Royal Tenenbaums to The Grand Budapest Hotel, it features his iconic ombre tones of yellows and burgundies. Every Grace & Thorn bouquet is uniquely selected and arranged, meaning your mum’s guaranteed to receive something bespoke. Flowers are likely to include roses, ranunculus, lisianthus, snapdragons and lashings of foliage but this is subject to change. Bouquets are wrapped and packaged in floral gel and a large flower box to keep them fresh and safe during transit. There are four sizes available, with the large shown here priced at £95.

Buy now £55.00, Grace & Thorn

The Real Flower Company Mother’s Day David Austin bouquet

Order by: 4pm for delivery on Sunday 21 March - delivery is £12.50. Friday delivery is £8.50.

Sustainable English florist The Real Flower Company specialises in timeless scented garden roses. This limited-edition bouquet is only available for Mother’s Day and features the highest quality David Austin roses (he was a famous rose breeder – green-fingered mums will be impressed), grown on the company’s fairtrade, carbon-neutral flower farm in Kenya (the only farm of its kind in the world). Three species of rose – Carey, Keira and Darcey – are hand-tied in bud together with pink spray roses, narcissus, clematis and seasonal foliage. The small size features nine roses and the large size, pictured after three days, features 12 roses and costs an extra £40. Bouquets are lovingly wrapped in tissue and cellophane and placed in a wet bag to keep them hydrated on the move. They’re delivered in a green box, with a personalised card, care instructions and flower food tucked inside.

Buy now £65.00, The Real Flower Company

Waitrose Florist Mother’s Day Italian ranunculus and anemones bouquet

Order by: 10am on Saturday 21 March for delivery on Mother’s Day, which costs £4.95.

We’ve never seen a bouquet as bright and beautiful as this explosive limited edition creation from Waitrose’s in-house florist. It’s been designed especially for Mother’s Day, with its rainbow of five cheery colours guaranteed (no, really) to put a smile on your mum’s face. She gets a generous 28 stems in her hand-tied bunch – a mix of hot pink and blue anemone and orange, light pink and yellow ranunculus. Don’t expect the bouquet to look like the marketing photo upon delivery – the flowers arrive in bud in a recyclable cardboard box, ready to reveal their beauty once safely put in a vase, where they should last for up to 10 days in fresh water.

Buy now £35.00, Waitrose Florist

The verdict: Mother's Day flowers

Bloom & Wild’s letterbox flowers never disappoint and we found new bouquet Louisa, with its trendy soft colour palette, to be a welcome addition to the range that we would order again. If you want to buy your mum a bunch of blooms that she can pop straight into a vase, we found the Pretty & Pink bouquet by 123 Flowers excellent value for money, while those with bigger budgets are sure to impress her with The Real Flower Company’s David Austin roses.