For the traditional mom: Hanging baskets are a safe choice, especially with a nice showy flower or a fern. Azaleas, rhododendrons, roses and hydrangeas are also a safe bet.
For the practical mom: Find some nice perennial or woody edible plants for mom -- how about rhubarb or some blueberry shrubs. Garden tools also make a nice gift.
For the mom who loves to cook: Put together a planter of favorite herbs or a pot of multicolored lettuces and salad greens. You also can't go wrong with edible landscape plants or vegetables -- like a selection of heirloom tomatoes.
For the artistic mom: A nice garden sculpture or fountain could be a good choice. Unusual or particularly colorful plants might also strike her fancy.
For the mom without a garden: Find a nice houseplant such as an orchid or some African violets. Put them in a nice container and include the appropriate supplies, like fertilizer, to go with them.
For the mom with a black thumb: Donations to garden projects, community gardens and school gardens. Some may have luck with cacti and other succulents, but Mom might not appreciate receiving a prickly present as a token of love. Otherwise, stick with a bouquet of her favorite flowers and a card.
John Porter is the WVU Extension Service agent for agriculture and natural resources in Kanawha County. He may be reached at john.por...@mail.wvu.edu or at 304-720-9573.