• Unique golden color
• Can be displayed anywhere
• Arrives in a gift wrapped container
It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Time to get into gardening projects! Plants make the perfect gifts for those hard-to-buy-for friends and relatives. Also, puttering around in the garden is good therapy.
To avoid the headaches, enjoy your Christmas shopping by being different. You would be surprised at how many different plants make great gifts. With a little love and attention, you can give a gift that really has some meaning. Foliage plants may be spruced up with a bright red ribbon, but some plants are more in keeping with the holidays than others. When gifting living plants, use your imagination with containers, decorations, and wrapping. You can put more love into this type of gift than most other types unless you consider handmade bedspreads, homemade cookies and such.
First and foremost, flowers are a natural. Poinsettias are traditional, but how about the hibiscus with its red flowers and green foliage, or the gardenia with white flowers and green leaves? Another gift that is a natural is our assortments of 5- in-1, 4-in-1, 3 -in-1 and 2-in-1s. These are my favorites of all time! They are undoubtedly a great ornamental addition to any home landscape. It’s ideal for a holiday gift with its gift bearing fruit. If you want to keep it small, just plant it in a container for the patio.
For a frosty effect, give the Blue Spruce, which will form a shrub or small tree with blue-gray foliage. These trees will tolerate harsh conditions and can grow where wind and wintery weather are problems.
Another interesting foliage plant is the Japanese maple with its reddish foliage.
Many palms make great holiday gifts. The Cold Hardy Palm would be very appropriate since palms are associated with Jesus’ birthplace.
Don’t forget the popular Norfolk Island pine as a living gift. You can decorate it, flock it, or leave it natural. Several flocking materials are on the market that will not harm living trees.
This pine is not from Virginia, but native to Norfolk Island in the South Pacific. People who do not want to cut down a tree can opt for the Norfolk Pine, as they are available as living Christmas trees grown in containers.
The trees then can be used as a container specimen, or planted outdoors. When planted in the garden, remember they can get as tall as 100 feet, so don’t plant them under utility lines or too close to the house. In decorating the Norfolk Pine, it is important to keep adornment simple, as the tree itself is very ornamental.
While getting your gifts ready, pair your gift with a gorgeous container and a few gardening books. You will be the most popular gift giver this season!
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