The holiday season is full of traditions. Living holiday plants have played an important role in seasonal celebrations for centuries. Why not make a place in your home for plants this year? Here is our top ten holiday plant lineup.
First and foremost is, of course, the Christmas tree. Whether your favorite is fresh-cut or a lifelike artificial, the tree is the centerpiece of a family Christmas.
Next in the hearts of holiday plant lovers is probably the poinsettia. Look for a variety of colors in addition to white and red.
Rosemary, known appropriately as the herb of remembrance, makes a fragrant and attractive addition to your indoor seasonal décor. For the holiday season, rosemary bushes are sheared into the conical shape of a Christmas tree. Sizes range from 6-12 inches. Rosemary is an outdoor plant, so some attention is required to enjoy it indoors. Keep the soil moist, but definitely not wet. A sunny location where there is air circulation is best. After the holiday season, plant it outdoors in full sun. Rosemary makes a great addition to your herb garden.
Foliage plants add greenery for the season. Norfolk Island pine is another excellent gift plant that will last for years to come. Norfolk Island pine's name is a bit misleading. It is an evergreen coniferous tropical plant, not a true pine. A native of the South Pacific, the slow-growing tree asks only for a sunny spot and adequate moisture.
A couple of landscape favorites also have connections to the past. Wreaths of holly and ivy have symbolized the holiday season for thousands of years. The most common species of holly comes from the eastern United States and Eurasia, while the perennial ivy vines are native to the Old World.
Wreaths and garlands of fir and other evergreens are more common holiday decor today.
At gift-giving time, houseplants are always a good idea for that person who seems to have everything.
The Christmas cactus is an old standby that produces vibrant blossoms of magenta, white, pink, orange, and salmon. Orchids make an especially thoughtful and stylish present for any gift-giving occasion. Amaryllis and paperwhites are holiday-blooming plants that offer a glimpse of the coming spring.