Deck the Halls with Holiday Houseplants

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If you’re looking for a new way to add a festive touch to your home, think live holiday houseplants.

Rather than rummaging for holiday decorations or buying yet another centerpiece, plants add year-round style and cheer to your home.

Houseplants also make easy, beautiful gifts for hostesses, teachers and co-workers. And as these decorating tips prove, the more, the merrier!

Types of Holiday Houseplants:

  • Poinsettias: Red poinsettias are the classic holiday plant. Add a twist by selecting from a rainbow of colors to fit any decorating scheme. Take it to the next level with poinsettias that are speckled, marbled, striped or two-tone.
  • Norfolk Island pine: This miniature Christmas tree, from 14”-44”, is festive either unadorned or decorated with ornaments in small spaces, tabletops or children’s rooms. Decorate your own with mini lights and homemade ornaments or select a fully decorated Norfolk Island pine.
  • Christmas cactus: This houseplant looks great during the holidays and in the right location can provide years of blooms. The ruffled flowers range in color from reds and fuchsias to oranges and creams.
  • Cyclamen: Cyclamen’s bright flowers in pink, white or red are great for tucking into nooks where you want a pop of color.

7 Tips to Decorate with Holiday Houseplants:

  1. Group in odd numbers for high impact. For a classic look, stick with one color, or mix contrasting colors for contemporary decor.
  2. Line stairs, fireplace hearths, mantels and tables with a plant for a cohesive look.
  3. Treat poinsettias as cut flowers. Snip the blooms off and put them into individual vases or adorn a wreath.
  4. Create a dramatic welcome with plants in an entrance hallway.
  5. Use miniature plants on upper shelves and other high places.
  6. Group them in decorative containers. A shiny ceramic or metal pot gives an elegant look. Baskets or wooden boxes lend a country-chic feel.
  7. Feature smaller plants on a dining or buffet table, where their smaller size won’t block guests’ views of one another.

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