These are the best online flower delivery services to use this Mother's Day and all year round.
If you know anything about the origins of Mother's Day (opens in new tab), you'll know that giving flowers to your mum on Mother's Day is a long-held tradition. Originally the fourth Sunday of Lent, Mother's Day began as a Sunday on which church-goers returned to their 'mother' church for a special annual service where families would reunite. Children would pick flowers for their mothers along the way, which is why your mum is expecting a beautiful bouquet or a thoughtful gift (opens in new tab) on Sunday 27th March.
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With Mother's Day this Sunday, you might be wondering if you're too late to order a bouquet to be delivered in time. The good news is that time is still on your side - just! To help you choose the best blooms for your Mum - or an important mother figure in your life - we tried and tested some of the most popular online flower delivery services. Based on our experience and the quality of the bouquets delivered, this is our 'pick' of the best online flower delivery services money can buy.
Best for: Last-minute letterbox flowers and plants What we love: Variety and value for money Downsides: There's so much choice it's hard to decide what to order Price range: From £20 Letterbox service: Yes Delivery info: Next day delivery available
Famous for their cards and gifts-by-post offering, Moonpig offers a wide variety of bouquets, letterbox flowers, and plants. They use only the freshest flowers and they guarantee that your blooms will last for at least 5 days once they arrive with the recipient - or you can claim your money back.
In the perfect partnership, Moonpig has teamed up with Cath Kidston to bring the brand's iconic flower patterns to life through a limited collection of three hand-tied bouquets and two luxurious gift sets - just the thing for this Mother’s Day. They sent us a bouquet from the range called Cath Kidston The Cherished (opens in new tab) so we could see for ourselves if these blooms are good enough for our mothers this Sunday.
"Everyone knows the jingle - bet you’re singing it now - so it really has become a go-to for those of us who forget special dates and panic order," says Goodto parenting editor Stephanie Lowe. 'Moonpig's flower choice is huge; from the bright and beautiful to the classic and chic, and from hand-tied bouquets to letterbox flowers, as well as actual plants. The bouquet arrived in a large stand-up box, which means the flowers aren’t battered about in transit, and the stems arrived wrapped in a nutrient drenched cloth to keep them fresh.'
We also got two packets of flower food - marked ‘day 1’ and ‘day 3’ - to keep the blooms looking fresh. Moonpig offers next day delivery if you order before 9pm Monday - Friday and they offer a 5-day freshness guarantee or you can claim your money back.
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Best for: Quick and stress-free flower delivery What we love: Flowers are delivered in bud for maximum freshness Downsides: None Price range: From £24.99 Letterbox service: Yes Delivery info: Free delivery Monday - Sunday, order by 9 pm for UK next day delivery
We've included Serenata because their website is such a breeze to navigate - even when your brain is frazzled on a Friday afternoon. There's a handy price filter so you can quickly find the perfect bunch of blooms within your price range, without scrolling through pages of irrelevant options. You can also go straight to 'flowers under £30' for a quick and easy exit. We also love their review system which makes it easy to see what customers thought of any blooms you're considering before you buy.
Serenata sent us their Mother's Pride (opens in new tab) bouquet to review. It normally costs £49.99 with free delivery. The bouquet arrived on one of the warmest days of the year so far and although the box was a little bit battered on arrival, the blooms inside were perfectly protected and in prime condition.
We loved the variety of flowers included in this bouquet - everything from cream Stocks, blue Delphinium and Santini to Alstromeria, carnations, and - our favourite - distinctive orange roses, so there's something in this bouquet to appeal to all types of flower lovers. Included in the box was a Mother's Day brochure with a voucher code, some very sweet instructions on how to keep your flowers happy (talk to them is our favourite tip) plus a discount code for our next order. Handy!
If your mum doesn't have a favourite flower - or you don't know what it is - we think this is the perfect Mother's Day bouquet with wide appeal and excellent variety. Just make sure you ask her what her favourite flowers are for next year.
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Best for: Modern and elegant blooms curated with love What we love: The accompanying pamphlet on how to make the most of your flowers Downsides: None Price range: From £22.99 Letterbox service: Yes Delivery info: Order by 7pm on Friday for guaranteed delivery on Mother's Day
We had to add FlowerFix to our list of Mother's Day blooms for their affordable, stylish and fresh bouquets. We were drawn in by their asymmetric floral design offerings that are trendy, unique and can really transform a space. Though there's also classic, seasonal and colourful arrangements to choose from too - depending on your mother's taste. Another plus is that the husband and wife team behind Flowerfix prioritise freshness. So you know that you're ordering a bouquet that will last longer.
Flowerfix sent us their stunning Florist's Pick (opens in new tab) bouquet for review. The company's most popular bunch and signature product, the bouquet is actually re-designed each week to give you the most seasonal selection. They retail for £27.99 including free delivery. And we're pleased to report that the packaging was impressive - carefully wrapped up in tissue paper to preserve the delicate blooms inside.
Goodto features writer Emily Stedman told us: 'Being letterbox flowers, they arrive as buds and preserved cuts that take a day or two to really blossom in full. This being said, I was instantly taken with the stunning mix of colours and foliage that made up the bouquet - think dusky pink and pale greens for a rustic country chic design. I was also thankful for the included information guide that took me through arranging the flowers step-by-step and stem-by-stem. A stunning selection that will make any mum smile - just remember to add the flower food on days 1 and 3.'
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4. Pinks and Roses
Best for: Showstopping, premium flower delivery for special occasions What we love: The hatbox presentation Downsides: They can't currently deliver to Scotland Price range: From £70 upwards Letterbox service: Yes Delivery info: See website
The mother and daughter team at Pinks & Roses specialises in beautiful bouquets presented in hat boxes. All the packaging is recyclable including the biodegradable cellophane and ribbon, and the hatbox itself can be repurposed to store jewellery, more flowers, or anything else that needs an elegant home. Alongside bouquets, Pinks & Roses also offer a variety of gift sets and hampers containing flowers, chocolates, champagne, and scented candles.
Pinks and Roses sent us their stunning Candy Cloud (opens in new tab) collection for review. When you order, you can choose 10 or 20 stems and select extra gift items to include such as chocolates or a vase.
Goodto editor Anna Bailey told us: 'I was lucky enough to be sent some pink and white hydrangeas from Pinks & Roses. The presentation was so beautiful and unique - two large gift boxes of laid-down flowers, carefully wrapped in ribbon - which ensured the flowers were in perfect condition when they arrived. Just gorgeous.'
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Best for: Excellent value fresh flowers Why we rate it: It's a family-run business with a personal vibe Downsides: They don't currently deliver to Northern Ireland and they can't offer same-day delivery Price range: From £19 Letterbox service: Yes - and the letterbox-friendly packaging is entirely plastic-free Delivery info: Free UK delivery
Established in 1989, this is a family-run business, so you feel like you're doing business with actual humans rather than a faceless corporate. Their flowers by post are delivered with a card featuring your personal message, plus flower food and care instructions. Bunches also sells Mother's Day hampers (opens in new tab) and beautiful Mother's Day plants (opens in new tab) - we love the pink rose in a vintage watering can (opens in new tab) - as well as a range of Mother's Day cards.
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6. Marks and Spencer
Best for: Sending a gift with a bouquet What we love: Five-day freshness or your money back Downsides: They don't currently deliver to Northern Ireland Price range: From £25 Letterbox service: No, but they offer a subscription service Delivery info: Free delivery and Sunday delivery on selected bouquets
M&S has been my go-to flower delivery service for decades. I've yet to have a negative experience. The range is good and they offer a five-day freshness guarantee. What's really handy about their flower delivery service is the fact that it's so easy to pop a bottle of Prosecco or a bag of Percy Pigs in with your flowers. You can spend as little as £30 for a really pretty flower delivery that looks considerably more expensive.
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Best for: Best flower delivery with a difference What we love: Ordering from a local florist - made easy Downsides: You need time to scroll through the options Price range: Varied Letterbox service: No Delivery info: £6.99 delivery fee
Floom is a flexible flower delivery service - consider it a curation of the best local independent florists for you to scroll through before you order your blooms. Every bouquet comes directly from a Floom partner florist - just pop in the recipient's postcode to see what's on offer and you'll see everything available from Floom florists able to deliver to that area.
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Best for: Sustainability - they're the UK's highest-rated ethical florist What we love: Every bouquet sold supports three charities Downsides: We can't find any! Price range: From £24.99 Letterbox service: Yes Delivery info: Order before 9 pm for free next day delivery
We should all care about reducing waste and saving resources but sometimes those priorities slip when you're in a hurry to send an important gift. However, Arena's packaging hasn't used single-use plastics since 2017 and they've planted two trees per order to date - that's over a million trees and counting. They also offer champagnes, chocolates, and beauty products, and they stock a selection of fairtrade flowers.
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Best for: Stylish and contemporary hand-tied flowers What we love: There's a money-back guarantee if you're not 100% happy Downsides: Same-day delivery only available in London Price range: From £25 Letterbox service: No, but they offer a range of subscriptions Delivery info: Varies - check website
Specialists in seasonal bouquets, hand-tied flowers, and gifts along with wine, champagne, and chocolate, Appleyard offers next-day delivery in London. They promise their flowers will stay fresh for a minimum of 7 days and offer a 100% happiness guarantee. They also seek to minimise their carbon footprint by sourcing garden-grown flowers from British suppliers.
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Best for: Floral luxury What we love: They source directly from 'earth-conscious' flower-growers Downsides: If you prefer a mixed bouquet of different stems, this might not be your bag Price range: From £40 Letterbox service: No, but they have a subscription service from £45 Delivery info: Next day delivery
This isn't just a flower delivery company - they sell a range of beautiful 'lifestyle essentials' too, from candles and home fragrances to plants and vases. Flowerbox offers same-day and next-day delivery services. They also offer same-day delivery in London.
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