10 Perfect Flower Picks for a Mother’s Day Bouquet, Approved by a Florist

Floral arrangement with various flowers in a glass vase with water

The Spruce / Leticia Almeida

If you're stumped on what to get your mom for Mother's Day, never underestimate the power of a beautiful bouquet. Flowers are an affordable gift that's perfect for any occasion, but they're especially great for letting mom know that you care. You can get pre-made bouquets just about anywhere these days, but if you want a gift that feels personal why not make it yourself or custom order specific flowers to go in the bouquet? You can even add in a chic vase picked especially for her to make it even more personal.

If you don't know which flowers to include, here are 10 flowers you should give your mom for Mother's Day—she'll want to keep them fresh for as long as possible.

Meet the Expert

Jane Hart is a florist at FloraQueen, a Spain-based international floral company that ships fresh flowers to more than 100 countries around the world.

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    Pink carnation flowers in between leaves and buds from above

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    Carnations are one of the most popular flowers included in Mother's Day bouquets, and for good reason: they're the official flower of Mother's Day. "Carnations are a popular flower for Mother's Day bouquets because they represent love and admiration," says Jane Hart, a florist at FloraQueen.

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    Agnes Mary Kelway peonies flowers with white and light purple petals closeup

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    Peonies are timeless and delicate flowers to include in your Mother's Day bouquet. Their soft petals and light scent will add the touch your Mother's Day bouquet needs to shine.

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    English bluebell flowers with blue-purple trumpet-shaped petals and buds on stems

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    If you want an unexpected pop of blue in your floral arrangement, add some gorgeous bluebells. "They are a symbol of gratitude and humility, making them an ideal choice for showing appreciation for all that our moms do for us," Hart says.

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    Pink roses with ruffled petals clustered on rose bush in sunlight

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    Roses are a classic choice to include in your bouquet — for Mother's Day and beyond — and the color options are endless so you don't have to stick with just pink or red. Include white roses for an unexpected twist on a classic flower.

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    Calla Lilies

    pink calla lilies

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    Hart recommends adding calla lilies if you want to add height and drama to your Mother's Day bouquet. Calla lilies are long-lasting and come in a variety of colors that can add an extra wow factor such as the white and purple calla lily 'Picasso' variety.

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    Smooth hydrangea shrub with white and light yellow flower clusters

    The Spruce / Evgeniya Vlasova

    Hydrangeas are a great option for achieving a luxurious and full look in your bouquet. "These stunning blooms symbolize understanding and perseverance, qualities that many moms possess," Hart says. "Their large, lush flowers come in a range of colors, from soft pinks to bold blues, making them a versatile addition to any bouquet."

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    pink azaleas

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    There are dozens of azalea species and cultivars that work well as cut flowers. Hart adds that azaleas are a great addition to your Mother's Day bouquet for their vibrancy of color, ranging from bright pinks to oranges.

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    spring crocus

    The Spruce / Evgeniya Vlasova

    If you want to break up the go-to pinks, reds, and whites of your bouquet, purple crocuses. "Crocuses are a great choice for a Mother's Day bouquet because they represent youthfulness and cheerfulness," Hart says.

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    a phalaenopsis orchid

    Orchids are another flower that has plenty of variety if you know what to look for. Orchid varieties come in many shapes and colors to let your creativity run wild. If you want to add a touch of elegance to your Mother's Day bouquets, orchids are the way to go.

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    Iris flowers with blue standard and yellow falls petals on thin stalks

    The Spruce / Evgeniya Vlasova

    Iris flowers have around 300 varieties, ranging from white to yellow, to light or deep purple, or a mix of all. "Irises are a beautiful choice for a Mother's Day bouquet because they symbolize faith and wisdom," Hart says. They're another great flower for adding a color other than pink to your Mother's Day bouquet.