Sending Mother's Day flowers by post seems like an excellent idea right now - and there's still time, if you're quick. If you're considering ordering a beautiful Mother's Day bouquet online instead of visiting family this weekend, you're not alone - but you are running out of time: Mother's Day is just two days away. So which online flower delivery service has the best Mother’s Day flowers this year? Should you switch to letterbox flowers? And if not, are there any precautions you can take to make your Mother's Day flower delivery safer?
The best Mother's Day Flower delivery services: results
You'll find our full report below, but if you want to buy the best Mother's Day flowers right now, here are the wining services, in order, as decided by our tests.
1. Bloom & Wild: best non-contact delivery - from £20
2. Interflora: biggest bouquet - £5 off some flowers
3. Waitrose: best presentation - and save £5
4. M&S Flowers: from just £25 plus FREE delivery
5. Moonpig: flowers from £20 + free personalised card
6. Prestige: cheap Mother's Day flowers - 25% off
To find out, we ordered £50-worth of Mother’s Day flowers (or as close to £50 as possible) from nine leading online florists to put them to the test. We ranked each bouquet on a range of criteria, including value for money, freshness, presentation, ease of ordering, and delivery - with a big emphasis on whether a non-contact delivery would be possible.
The results were fascinating. If non-contact delivery is an absolute must, choose letterbox flower specialist Bloom & Wild. The Mother’s Day Delight (£51) bouquet we received wasn’t the biggest on test (that was the Large Mother's Day Pastels Hand-tied bouquet from Interflora, £48). But the bouquet was stunning - the best of all the letterbox flowers we ordered - and because the package is designed to be posted, you don’t have to answer the door to receive the flowers.
The real story here, though, is how the rest of the flower delivery services we tested have stepped up to the challenges the country is facing. We found that companies like Interflora and Floom - which pride themselves on their bigger, better-presented, hand-delivered bouquets - are now offering non-contact delivery as well. In fact, we found non-contact deliveries from these florists to be a much friendlier interaction (albeit from a socially responsible distance) than those we received via courier. We were particularly impressed with Bristol florist Belle de Jour via Floom on this, who told us they’d already delivered three non-contact bouquets that morning.
Many of the smaller flower delivery services are offering non-contact delivery now too, and we’ve highlighted those that do below. In conclusion? We’d still recommend Bloom & Wild as the safest option for Mother’s Day flowers this year; but for the biggest instant wow factor, consider hand-delivered services like Interflora and Floom - which topped our tests for quality and value for money; and don't write off couriered services like Waitrose. Just make sure you ask for a non-contact delivery if you need one. Here’s our round-up of the best Mother’s Day flowers in the UK this year…
The best Mother's Day Flowers you can buy
1. Bloom & Wild: best no-contact flower delivery
Bloom & Wild Mother's Day flowers
Value for money: 9/10
Ease of ordering: 10/10
Delivery service: 10/10
WHAT HAPPENED: We had two letterbox deliveries from Bloom & Wild: The Mother's Day Delight and The Harper. It took a little while to choose them because although the Bloom & Wild website is beautiful to look at, the navigation forces you to scroll through all the options before you find what you want. Still, ordering was easy.
Both bouquets arrived in excellent condition, with small netted covers to protect the rose heads, and plenty of instructions for preparing, arranging, and maintaining our flowers. The flower arranging guide that came with the Mother's Day Delight bouquet, in particular, was packed with handy tips and beautiful illustrations - we enjoyed the process (and we learned something too).
The value for money of each bouquet was immediately apparent. It's normal for letterbox flowers to look a little droopy on first arrival, but aside from one flattened rose head and a few slightly dishevelled stems, both bouquets looked great straight away in their vases. Overnight they perked up, and by the next morning they seemed even fresher and fuller than the day before.
Both arrangements arrived with a number of unopened buds to prolong the life of the bouquet. Compared to similarly-priced options we received from Interflora (hand delivered) and Waitrose (courier), our Bloom & Wild bouquets were notably smaller because they came through the letterbox. However, the considered extras that arrived in the boxes - the beautifully presented guides that told us how to arrange and look after our flowers, and a 75g box of Ocelot milk chocolate in The Mother's Day Delight bouquet - made opening both packages feel special. And the bouquet still looks great five days later. We still feel that our Bloom & Wild bouquets were good value for money.
VERDICT: In normal times, we might have chosen Interflora (below) as the best Mother's Day flowers on test, but our Bloom & Wild Mother's Day Delight bouquet was easily the best letterbox flower bouquet we ordered: it's fresh, perky and absolutely beautiful. Yes, it's smaller than our bouquets from Interflora and Waitrose, but once arranged, the blooms held their own when placed next to the larger displays. Plus all the extras in the box felt like a real treat. If you're looking to send quality Mother's Day flowers by post this week, choose a bouquet from Bloom & Wild.
Buy the Mothers Day Delight + Ocelot Chocolate | £51 at Bloom & Wild
Bloom & Wild's Mother's Day Delight bouquet brings together snap dragons, scented freesia, roses and foliage to offer a bright, colourful arrangement. These are letterbox flowers so you'll be doing the arranging yourself, but included is a superb guide to flower arranging. This option comes with a bar of Ocelot chocolate in the box as well.View Deal
Here are some more of our favourite Mother's Day flower bouquets at Bloom & Wild right now...
The Charlie bouquet | £23 at Bloom & Wild
For a cheaper letterbox option at Bloom & Wild, choose The Charlie. It costs less, but still offers excellent value for money with 18 stems of glorious sunny colour. Comprised of long-lasting alstroemeria and seasonal foliage, The Charlie comes packed by hand, with arranging tips and a choose-your-own gift card.View Deal
The Evie bouquet: £30 | Bloom & Wild
Inspired by Indian sunsets, The Evie bouquet is bursting with spiced colours. It comes with colourful roses, alstroemeria and craspedia pom-poms that will give seven days or more of beautiful blooms. We love these Mother's Day flowers.View Deal
The Jennifer bouquet | £50 at Bloom & Wild
Bloom & Wild's hand-tied collection is a little more expensive than its letterbox offering, but you're getting pre-arranged bouquets here for a fantastic price. The Jennifer offers just that. Sitting at a £50 price tag, this is one of the cheaper hand-tied bouquets on offer, giving you gorgeous delphiniums, lisianthus and morning dew roses in a professional arrangement.View Deal
3 months of flowers: £60 | Bloom & Wild
For a real Mother's Day treat, you can arrange for three stunning seasonal bouquets to be delivered once a month for the next three months. A differed fresh flower bouquet will be designed by Bloom & Wild's florist, making for a varied and beautiful present that will be enjoy for weeks to come.View Deal
A Year of Flowers: £225 | Bloom & Wild
If you know a mum who deserves an extra special treat, this is the ultimate gift: a year of flowers. With this option, you'll get 12 different seasonal bouquets, carefully packed by hand and delivered through their letterbox one at a time, at 28-day intervals. Amazing.View Deal
2. Interflora: biggest Mother's Day bouquet
Bouquet ordered: Large Mother's Day Pastels Hand-Tied, £48 | Delivery cost: £11 | Freshness guarantee: 7 days | No contact delivery? On request (up to local florist's discretion)
Interflora Mother's Day flowers: score
Value for money: 8/10
Ease of ordering: 10/10
Delivery service: 9/10
WHAT HAPPENED: We found ordering Mother's Day flowers online through Interflora to be an easy and quick process. We chose the large Mother's Day Pastels bouquet, and were impressed when it turned up: unlike boxed flower deliveries, where the blooms are hidden, Interflora's hand-delivered bouquets have instant impact. Our bouquet was vibrant, fresh and beautifully presented in biodegradable cellophane and a recyclable gift box. It was also notably bigger than our letterbox bouquets from Bloom & Wild, and receiving it felt like a real treat.
All the blooms arrived in perfect condition (which not all of our test Mother's Day flowers managed). Some flowers had been substituted, but the replacements were a good match and complimented the rest of the arrangement so well that the originals weren't missed. We were pleased to see a number of buds, too, to ensure the bouquet would last at least seven days, as promised.
VERDICT: Interflora partners with local florists, so we can't guarantee that you'll have the same experience as us. However, we were very impressed with our Interflora Mother's Day flowers. This excellent service does come at a cost - £11 - and you'll certainly find cheaper Mother's Day flowers elsewhere (like Prestige, below). But if you're looking for instant wow, we wholeheartedly recommend the Large Mother's Day Pastels Hand-Tied bouquet, and we would happily order more Mother's Day flowers from Interflora.
Buy Interflora's Large Mother's Day Pastels bouquet | £48 at Interflora
You'll find these large Mother's Day Pastels available from Interflora for just £48 right now, hand-crafted and hand delivered. We found the ordering and delivery experience to be excellent, with a fantastic overall effect. This particular bouquet does contain lillies, so be mindful of any pet-owning recipients when ordering.View Deal
Here are some more of our favourite Mother's Day flower bouquets at Interflora right now...
Amethyst Dusk Gift Box | £31 at Interflora
For lower budgets, try this fantastic Amethyst Dusk gift box, which is the cheapest of Interflora's Mother's Day flower selection. With ivory large-headed roses sitting amongst purple freesia, white germini, purple lisianthus and blue iris, it's a beautiful selection of purples, blues, and whites, and has same-day delivery available right now.View Deal
Sunshine Memories hand-tied Mother's Day flowers |
£38 £33 at Interflora
If you don't mind having your Mother's Day flowers delivered early, you can save £5 on this Sunshine Memories hand-tied bouquet. Now down to just £33, you'll be able to order this arrangement for latest delivery on the 20th March. You can also save £5 on the larger Sunshine Memories bouquet.View Deal
Magnificent Mix Hat Box with Champagne | £83 at Interflora
If you're looking for something extra, this Magnificent Mix hat box selection offers a gorgeous Mother's Day flowers arrangement with champagne. Hand crafted and delivered by a local artisan florist, this premium bouquet is also arranged in a simple but elegant hatbox.View Deal
Large Cherished Medley Hand-Tied Mother's Day flowers | £103 at Interflora
Want to go all out this year? This large Cherished Medley bouquet offers a generous 27 stems, and is handcrafted and delivered by a local artisan florist for the biggest impact. Featuring salmon and cerise large-headed roses among pink antirrhinums, pink spray chrysanthemums, white tanecetum, and peach germini, this is an arrangement set to impress.View Deal
3. Waitrose: best presentation
Bouquet ordered: No.1 Mother's Day Flower Garden Jug, £50 (
£55) | Delivery cost: Free| Freshness guarantee: 7 days | No contact delivery? On request
Waitrose Mother's Day flowers
Value for money: 8/10
Ease of ordering: 9/10
Delivery service: 4/10
What happened: It's tough to do this outstanding Mother's Day bouquet from Waitrose justice in the photos - but trust us: it's fantastic. From a technical perspective, the architecture of the pre-arranged No. 1 Mother's Day Flower Garden Jug is outstanding, with tall foliage balancing brilliant roses, apricot lisianthus and charming astrantia. It may look similar to the Bloom & Wild bouquet above, but visually, this was the most attention-grabbing bouquet on test.
When we removed the bouquet from its protective box, the flowers were in perfect condition. All we had to do was drop them into a vase, and appreciate the masterful combination of colours, textures and shapes.
Sadly, that's where we hit a problem. The ceramic jug that came with this bouquet didn't make it through the post in one piece, putting a damper on an otherwise extremely impressive Mother's Day flower delivery from Waitrose. Nevertheless, three days later this medium-sized bouquet still stands out from the rest with it's professional arrangement and fresh blooms - and that's impressive.
Verdict: We were blown away by this classy, super-professional bouquet when it arrived, and still absolutely love it. Unfortunately the No. 1 Mother's Day Flower Garden Jug bouquet is now out of stock, but we wouldn't hesitate to order Mother's Day flowers from Waitrose again - just perhaps without the jug. (Except, know what? That isn't even true: Waitrose offers a number of flowers in Emma Bridgewater jugs, and despite jug-gate, we really want one for ourselves - which says something about the quality of flowers here.)
Emma Bridgewater Ranunculus Jug: £55 (
was £60) | Waitrose
We love this exclusive design for Mother's Day, which sees a vibrant collection of beautiful tulips, roses and ranunculus in vivid shades of orange and cerise, presented in a matching jug from iconic designer Emma Bridgewater. Plus there's £5 off right now.View Deal
Mother's Day Bright Sweetheart Roses: £25 (was £30) | Waitrose
This beautiful bunch of 40 petite sweetheart roses comes in shades of pink, yellow and orange. They're fantastic as one impressive display or as clusters in small vases. These Mother's Day flowers from Waitrose are delivered in bud, in blocks of colour, ready to arrange - and there's £5 off now.View Deal
No.1 Mother's Day Scented Garden Bouquet: £70 (
was £75) | Waitrose
For the ultimate Mother's Day flowers from Waitrose, choose this stunning hand-tied bouquet. It comes with peach and cream scented stocks and roses, with touches of white and pretty foliage for a beautiful, wild-flower-style display with a gorgeous perfume. (Or upgrade to the utterly amazing £100 version, which has £5 off now.)View Deal
4. Moonpig - best Mother's Day flowers plus card
Moonpig specialises in personalised greeting cards. Our Mother's Day flower bouquet and letterbox flowers arrived in very good condition and although they didn't quite match Waitrose or Interflora, they were still impressive. However, where Moonpig shines is its brilliant range of customisable cards. If you're looking to add that special touch to your Mother's Day flowers, choose Moonpig.
Browse Mother's Day flowers at Moonpig: from £22 + FREE card
There are almost 30 beautiful Mother's Day bouquets to choose between at Moonpig, including the popular Mother's Day (£30, pictured). Our bouquets were big and fresh - but where Moonpig really stands out is its excellent card service. Add code LOVEMUM at checkout and you'll get a free, personalised card with your flowers.View Deal
5. Prestige Flowers - best cheap Mother's Day flowers
We ordered two bouquets from Prestige. Both were nice, but didn't really compete on quality or size with the other flower delivery serveries in our test. Where Prestige delivers is on value for money, though: if you're looking for cheaper Mother's Day flowers, choose Prestige.
Browse Mother's Day flowers at Prestige: up to 25% off
If you're looking for Mother's Day flowers on a budget, Prestige has you covered. Prices start from just £19.99, and there are plenty of offers giving you up to 25% off certain bouquets - like the Exquisite bouquet (pictured) which costs £39.99 (was £49.99) and comes with free chocolates. View Deal
Rest on test: We also ordered Mother's Day flowers from Floom, M&S, Bunches and Teleflorist. While these bouquets were largely very good, they didn't make our top five best Mother's Day Flowers list.