Take care when choosing your plant and in particular think about the time of year that the plant is looking its best. You might be tempted to choose the plant Astrantia ‘Ruby Wedding’ for somebody celebrating 40 years of marriage.
Astrantia ‘Ruby Wedding’
This is a beautiful ruby red summer flowering plant that flowers between June and August making it ideal to give somebody who married during those months. Being a herbaceous perennial it will die down in winter until spring. So, if the anniversary is in any month between October and April you’re much better off choosing an evergreen plant such as a Camellia.
Camellia williamsii ‘Ruby Wedding’
This glossy leaved shrub develops deep ruby-red peony looking flowers in spring and being evergreen will look good whichever month of the year the anniversary occurs. It will reach a height and spread of around 1.5m and does prefer acid soil so, if you’re not sure of the soil type in the person’s garden you’re buying the plant for then an extra thoughtful gesture might be to buy them a lovely container and a bag of ericaceous soil to grow the shrub in!