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Garden gifts that outlast a bouquet

Mother's Day is next Sunday, kids. Instead of getting her a traditional floral arrangement that lasts just a few days, consider options for — or from — the garden. Here are some specific items, which might inspire some ideas of your own for that special lady. Kim Cook, Associated Press

A cheerful setting

Sur la Table has a fresh-looking Botanical dishware collection out this spring which features a happy, modern floral pattern on snowy white, dishwasher-safe ceramic. There are linens in the line, too. ($6.89 to $13.89;

Add accents

At, find Tyson Weissin's charming koi fish ceramic garden ornaments. Fired in several colors, including cobalt blue, a school of these placed along a pathway or nestled among some grasses would be quite arresting. ($95 each; www.uncommon

What's not to love?

This spring, West Elm introduced Shane Powers' ingenious no-maintenance, indoor garden collection, perfect for a modern mom with little time or inclination to tend plants but who enjoys a few touches of nature in her living space. Sleek, contemporary hanging glass bubble vases and ceramic and glass vessels hold plants such as air ferns, water lilies and succulents. They introduce some welcome greenery to rooms, but are easy to look after. ($9 to $24;

Garden gifts that outlast a bouquet 04/30/11 [Last modified: Saturday, April 30, 2011 4:30am]
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