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Top Plants for a Colorful Christmas

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Top Plants for a Colorful Christmas

If you would like your indoor plants to reflect a colorful holiday season, we have some ideas for you. In today’s blog article we will go over some colorful choices that you can display either as branches or decorations, and whole potted plants.

Parts of Plants

For parts of plants, but not necessarily the whole plant, holly (genus Ilex) is often displayed. Holly has bright green pointed leaves and red berries, so it always looks pretty and festive whether it is woven into a wreath or just sitting on a table.

Mistletoe is another holiday favorite. Mistletoe (order Santalales) is darker green with white, translucent berries. Historically, mistletoe is hung somewhere and you are supposed to kiss the person under the mistletoe. Keep in mind that the berries of holly and mistletoe are both poisonous to people and pets.

Whole Plants

The quintessential Christmas plant is the poinsettia. Poinsettias belong to the spurge family, Euphorbiaceae, and most people don’t realize that poinsettias can be long-lived indoor plants that flower again and again. The “flowers” on poinsettias are not true flowers but actually bracts, and the plants can be found with bracts that range from pink to red, white to green, and orange!

Another beautiful plant during the holiday season is the Christmas cactus, (genus Schlumbergera) which can flower right around the holidays. These plants can also live for a long time and get very large. It is also easy to take cuttings from them.

Last but not least, there is the Christmas tree, which can really be anything but is most commonly some kind of conifer. Conifers are different shades of green, and not only are they pretty to look at, but they smell wonderful, too.

Art Knapp has 15 locations across British Columbia and is well known as the go-to garden centre for everything garden-related. Art Knapp, himself, began the business in the 1940's, and now, 80 years later, you can find more than he ever dreamed of in our stores. Come and see us on King George Boulevard in Surrey. 

If you have any questions about this article or want to talk to us about gardening, just give us a call at (604) 596-9201.

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