The holiday season is the time of year when most people start to think about where they are going to put their Christmas tree, how they will decorate it, and what type of decorations they want. A Christmas tree is not the only plant you can enjoy this holiday season. Check out these other 12 holiday plants you can even grow in your garden throughout the year!
Did you know that there are plenty of plants you can have in your home this holiday season? Did you know that some plants do better during the winter months than others? These are just a few questions I answer in my blog post today!
Here is a brief list of the top 12 holiday plants you can grow in your garden this year. They are:
- Mini Christmas Trees
- Christmas Cactus
- Christmas Rose
Like I mentioned above, most of these will be familiar to you and can be enjoyed throughout the year, not just during the holiday months. Here is a description of each plant below.
A pretty holiday houseplant that’s commonly given as a gift during the holidays are Poinsettia plants (Euphorbia pulcherrima). It is popular because of its vibrant colors but you need to know about their care requirements before buying them since they are poisonous for pets, especially cats, so make sure there are no animals or curious children around this holiday plant if you have one indoors!
Poinsettias are a very popular holiday plant. They are available in red, pink and white. They do very well with holiday decorations so it is easy to find them at your local garden store or even grocery store around the holiday season.
Poinsettia is also well-known during this time of year because many people purchase these as their first houseplant! Poinsettias have beautiful red, pink, white, or yellow leaves which makes them some of the best indoor plants during the winter months.
Poinsettia or (Euphorbia pulcherrima) belong to the Euphorbiaceae plant family with more than 2000 species of flowering plants in its genus but it’s best known for this pretty Christmas plant with dark green leaves and bracts with show
Poinsettias grow naturally during the warmer climate, so you can try to grow them after decorating your home with these festive plants during Christmas. Check out different varieties and how to grow poinsettias in my how to grow poinsettias post!
Mini Christmas Trees
Christmas trees are holiday plants that everyone should have in their home during the holiday season. They come in all shapes and sizes, so you can find one to fit into any decor or space you may have available for them. Miniature versions of these holiday plants are just as great at bringing holiday cheer inside your home as their larger counterparts!
These types of holiday plants do very well with decorations like tinsel garland, which adds an extra festive touch to your house. You can even place bows on small tabletop trees to make them more beautiful additions to your holiday décor.
There are many different varieties of mini Christmas trees but they all can be found for sale around holiday time! Miniature fir, cedar, pine, and spruce trees look just like their full-sized versions, but on a much smaller scale. These plants will not grow out of control quickly, which makes them perfect holiday decor that you don’t have to worry about later after the holidays pass by!
Some miniature Christmas trees include:
- Fir trees
- Spruce trees
- Pine trees
Check out my in-depth guide on miniature Christmas trees for more information and great gift ideas!
This is a beautiful flowering plant that blooms pink, red, and white flowers during the winter months when poinsettias and other holiday plants aren’t growing outside. They grow well in containers and add some color during the winter months outside or indoors.
The flowers are colorful, as well as the leaves on cyclamen. Some flowers are bi-colored, while the leaves grow in several shades of green in a beautiful design. These plants prefer cold weather and little sun to thrive.
This holiday houseplant can be grown either by bulb planting, which you will need to do at least six weeks before Christmas time, or potted with soil for an instant holiday display on your countertop! It produces gorgeous reds, white, and pink blooms inside this special season. Be sure to keep it moist until the roots are established completely!
The Amaryllis is a holiday favorite because of its bright red flowers. This holiday plant is great for indoors and out, as long as it has plenty of sunlight!
You can also plant the bulbs outside in a garden bed or pot to enjoy colorful blooms during the spring and summer.
Kalanchoe is another great flowering plant that blooms holiday flowers! These can be used as holiday gifts for friends and family. Some stores display them in cute, festive pots.
These small plants bloom tiny flowers in pink, burgundy, red, orange, white, and yellow. Learn how to rebloom these sturdy houseplants in my how to grow kalanchoe post. They can also grow outside with other succulents or alone.
Christmas cactus is one of the most widely known holiday plants that you will see around holiday time! This plant has bright red or pink petals with a yellow center making it another great choice for winter holiday decorating! Christmas cactuses are very easy to maintain so they make wonderful holiday gift ideas too.
The Christmas cactus is another holiday favorite that comes from the holiday plant group known as “cacti.” The origin of its name has nothing at all to do with it being considered a holiday flower – instead, this holiday beauty derives its name from when people would say that there was snow on the ground due to seeing white spots on their leaves.
Christmas cacti (Schlumbergera truncata) belong to the Thanksgiving cactus family but these holiday houseplants start blooming at this time because it is sunny where they originate from – Brazil! Therefore if you purchase one as your first houseplant or give someone else one as a gift make sure that there’s enough sunlight coming through windows throughout fall until December when its typical peak blooming season starts!
What could be more fitting for wintertime?! This holiday plant loves bright light and warm temperatures, which makes it perfect for indoors during colder months. You can grow your Christmas cactus outside once it gets warmer.
The Christmas rose is another name for the hellebores, specifically the Helleborus niger. These holiday plants are winter hardy and usually bloom around Christmas time, so they can’t be beaten for holiday decorating! They come in a variety of colors including white, pink, and a red/green mix which really makes them stand out during holiday seasons
The Christmas rose or Helleborus niger is a holiday plant with dark green leaves and yellow-green flower petals, its most famous characteristic being its ability to open up at night when you least expect it! The genus name “Hellebore” means “to banish sadness.” We think this holiday beauty would be perfect for any home during the holiday season!
Rosemary is a popular herb that can be trimmed to look like a miniature Christmas tree. The holiday greenery is beautiful with green needles, white flowers, and red berries. It can be decorated throughout winter until spring when it starts growing again!
Rosemary is also great for creating holiday scents in your home. Simply cut out some branches, tie them together with twine and hang upside down to dry! Once they are dried you can burn them as incense or put them into sachets by mixing some potpourri ingredients with herbs around an open flame on top of wax paper if you want to give someone else one as a holiday gift!
Anthurium is a houseplant that blooms bright, beautiful, and holiday-perfect red flowers during the holiday season. They are easy to care for and long-lasting holiday plants. Keep your anthurium growing indoors by placing them in indirect sunlight and away from drafts.
Paperwhites are flowering plants that grow from bulbs and bloom white flowers. They have a very sweet scent which makes them holiday favorites especially in the colder months. Paperwhites make great houseplants for holiday gifts.
Encourage your paperwhites to grow by placing them in a room with indirect sunlight and soaking the bulbs in water once or twice a week.
Pansies may not be at the top of your holiday plant list, but they add beautiful color during this time of the year. They are great holiday plants because they are small, so you don’t have to worry about them taking up much room. They also come in a variety of colors!
You can grow pansies inside by putting them in a pot with rich soil. You may need to do some fertilizing before you plant them. Keep the plants moist, but not wet. Make sure they get plenty of sunlight!
Some orchids bloom during the colder, winter months. The orchid plant is a beautiful holiday decoration because it’s filled with so many different colors and textures. Orchids come in all shapes, sizes, and even holiday flower blooming times! One of the most popular holiday orchid plants that people give as gifts are Phalaenopsis species – also known as “moth” orchids.
Not only do they have an interesting shape to them from their pointed petals, but these holiday plants last much longer than other holiday flowers when given away for the holidays because they can bloom up to six months after being potted! This makes them great holiday plants that will keep on giving long after Christmas has passed by.
It’s important to remember that orchids require specific care in order for them to grow and rebloom their flowers year after year. You can read more about how to do this in my blog post about growing orchids.
Caring for Holiday Plants
Each of the above plants requires specific water, light, and soil, but holiday plants all have a few things in common, as mentioned below.
Holiday Plant Care Guide
In order to make sure that your holiday plants last from year to year, there are certain steps you can take while caring for them during the winter months. First of all, protect the foliage by moving the container out of direct sunlight where it will receive bright but indirect light indoors.
You should also keep these holiday houseplants away from heat vents or other sources of drafty air which might dry them out too quickly. When watering holiday houseplants be careful not to add water until the soil is dry.
Where to Buy Holiday Plants
You can purchase these plants at a variety of places. Check out your local nurseries, as well as online nurseries. Below are some places where you can purchase some of these plants online:
- Nature Hills Nursery-they have a great selection of tabletop Christmas trees and amaryllis bulbs!
- Blooming Bulb-they have a great selection of amaryllis bulbs and many other bulbs to choose from.
- Amazon-you know you can find all kinds of stuff on Amazon, including these holiday plants. Check out the suggestions below!
Holiday Plants Gifts
If you’re looking for plants that can be enjoyed year-round, check out this list of 12 holiday plants. They need the right climate to grow well in your garden or home, but they will provide color and life throughout the winter months when other plants are dormant. Which one do you want to try? Let us know!