A thoughtful gift on Mother’s Day will earn you praise and affection, but what can you gift a gardening-mad ma?

A bunch of flowers – no matter how impressive – just won’t cut it, and cheap corner shop chocolates will only disappoint.

Here's our pick of garden-related gifts to ensure you emerge from the 31 March smelling of roses.

Jekka's dill bone china mug: £12.50, Jekka's

Serve mum a nice cuppa in one of these swish, bone-china mugs. Available on the website of herb guru, Jekka McVicar, and designed by her daughter Hannah, there are three plant designs to choose from – edible flowers, ornamental herbs and our favourite, an elegant, screen-printed depiction of dill. This mug is far too nice to venture into the garden to get spoiled with soil – tell her to save it for best.

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'Gardens Illustrated Magazine': £16.50 for six issues, buysubscriptions.com

Rammed to the rafters with inspirational features, stunning photography and words penned by top-of-the-crop garden writers, Gardens Illustrated is one of the most well-respected gardening mags on the market. Sit mum down with a nice hot drink (see above) and a copy of this and it’ll keep her engrossed for hours. Their springtime subscription offer is looking particularly tempting – it’ll save you 45 per cent off the normal cover price.

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Burgon & Ball oak leaf gloves: £14.99, Burgon & Ball

Protect mum’s hands from the ravages of outdoor graft with these fine Burgon & Ball gloves. Sporting a new season oak leaf design in clashing red and pink, these gloves are super soft to wear and afford fine dextrous garden work thanks to the stretchy mesh finger vents. The palm areas are also generously padded, making for the comfortable wielding of forks and spades. These are machine washable, so chuck them into the wash after use and they’ll emerge as fresh as a daisy. Available in poppy, moss and navy colours, too.

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Niwaki sakagen flower scissors: £32, Niwaki​

Small enough to slip in a pocket and super sharp to boot, these smart Japanese-style scissors allow nimble snipping of buds and stems. Perfect for a multitude of gardening tasks – flower harvesting, twine sniping – you name it. Especially handy for mums who can’t resist deadheading flowers on their garden meanderings. Each pair comes with a dinky sheath and are available in blue, moss, green or pink.

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Crocus starter ferns and hand- etched brass planter: £65.93, Crocus

We all go giddy for ferns, so we think this bonus bundle is a sure-fire, Mother’s Day winner. Each weighty, etched brass planter comes stuffed with six handsome plants – the only catch being that it's a bit of a lucky dip and you won’t know what type of ferns you’ll get until your package arrives. Rest assured that Crocus will bundle up some of their finest specimens and they pledge that there will be no more than two of the same type.

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Nether Wallop Trading Co biodegradable paper potter: £16, Nether Wallop Trading Co

Help minimise plastic waste in the garden with this crafty paper potting device. Use it to make biodegradable pots from old strips of newspaper that’ll last around six weeks. Two sizes are available – a small, £10 version that’ll churn out 4cm wide x 5cm deep pots which are perfect for flower seeds, but we’d recommend upscaling to this larger version. It creates 6.5cm wide x 7cm deep pots – plenty big enough for potting up large, allotment-bound veg. Both sizes are available from the fabulously-named Nether Wallop Trading Co.

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RHS botanical print: From £20 to £65, RHS

The RHS sell a beautiful range of prints, harvested from archives of their very own RHS Lindley Library. Pick of the bunch is their collection of historical illustrations which are available in a variety of sizes, from small ones you could hang on the wall of a posh garden shed to metre-high prints for larger living spaces. Gift mum an etching of her favourite allotment veg, or make it a seasonal and choose from one of the splendid narcissi prints on offer.

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Highgrove gardener’s moisturiser: £10.95 for 60ml, Highgrove Royal Gardens

This Mother’s Day gift comes with a royal seal of approval. We can imagine Camilla smearing it on her dainties after a hard day digging up bindweed down on the Highgrove vegetable patch. It’s a light, absorbent moisturising cream that will scent her skin with a sweet floral mix of comfrey and calendula. Just the ticket for mum’s chaffed digits.

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'The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2019': £7.20, Amazon

Mum won’t want to put down this book-bound love letter to outdoor country living. It’s an updated version of the traditional rural almanac – a guide to each month of the year, featuring a plethora of practical seasonal planting information, recipes, folklore and facts. It’s a beautifully written book, smattered with equally elegant illustrations, perfect for both wet, house-bound weekends and for accompanying mum on her outdoor excursions.

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Harrod Horticultural heart-shaped trowel: £36.95, Harrod Horticultural

Gift mum this heart-shaped garden implement to show her your love. Its sharp-pointed, spade-like blade slips into hard-packed soil with ease and the large head makes for an efficient scoop, ideal for potting up plants and seeds. The quality of this implement is a cut above your average garden centre trowel. It might be a tad pricey, but the smile on your old ma’s face will be priceless.

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The verdict: Mother's Day gardening gifts

Our top pick is one of Jekka’s beautiful bone china mugs because of it's great design and delicate design. Wrap it, gift it, stick on the kettle.

Richard Hood and Nick Moyle are the Two Thirsty Gardeners. Their book, Brew it Yourself, is out now

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