Inexpensive Sympathy Plants

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Inexpensive Sympathy Plants
Caring and pruning a bonsai tree could help the recipient momentarily forget about his pain. (sot/Lifesize/Getty Images)

The loss of a loved one can forever change someone's life. If one of your loved ones has experienced such a loss, flowers are typical gifts to send as an expression of condolence or sympathy. But cut flowers wilt in just a few days. In that case, a more lasting gift is a sympathy plant, which can act as a long final tribute to someone who has died. Many sympathy plants are reasonably priced.

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Azalea Plant

Azalea plants in full bloom give a modest burst of vivid colour, reminding the recipient that spring is imminent. Recipients can keep the plant in the pot it comes in or replant it in the garden. The plant likes acid soil and a combination of sun and shade. The plant bears a modest price; for a standard size at, the plant is under £26, and the online shop at allows you to choose from a range of azalea colours and sizes from £13 to £26.

Campanula Plant

Campanula is a type of bellflower that has star-shaped blooms with a light azure colour. The plant grows in a low, pillow-shaped mound of small green leaves, with a thick bush of star-shaped petals facing upwards. The bluish tinge present in the flowers gives off a soothing vibe to any room or garden. When replanted in the garden the plants are suitable for edging. The online shop sells them for under £19, and allows you to send them for under £22.

Juniper Bonsai Tree

The Juniper Bonsai tree has a distinctive appearance, like that of a miniature tree. Its small branches grow harmoniously. Send a sympathy plant like this and the recipient can learn how to train and prune the tree, a process which can allow him to momentarily concentrate on something positive. Juniper bonsai trees need lots of light, water and patience to train. The website sells a Juniper bonsai tree for under £26, and sells them for as low as £13.

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