Want an easy way to decorate your home for the holidays? Set out a few Christmas plants and you'll spread cheer to all who visit this season.
Big, crimson trumpets of amaryllis herald the season on your mantel or buffet table.
Red still rules for the holidays, however new cultivars offer a spectacular variety of shapes, colors and patterns to choose from each year.
Red Spider Lily (Lycoris radiata), shown at right, is another dependable bloomer in the amaryllis family. Its striking clusters of blooms add gorgeous color to your home in an unexpected twist on the traditional.
Fragrant paperwhite blooms nestled in a pot make a glorious display. Just about the easiest bulbs to force indoors, it's no wonder why paperwhites are so popular.
Paperwhites (shown at right) are often sold as kits for the holiday season. They're virtually foolproof -- just add water.
Beautiful blooms in all their splendor adorn this tropical cactus.
Christmas cactus has become wildly popular as a Christmas plant in recent years, and it's easy to see why.
If you haven't grown one before, give it a try. You'll soon wonder why you waited so long.
Given enough light, you can expect blooms every year in time for the holidays. Treat it right and you'll enjoy it for many years. Some of my visitors tell me they've had their Christmas cactus for 20 years or more. It's an easy plant to propagate, too, so you can start new plants and share cuttings with friends.
Although these festive plants are popular in the winter months, keep in mind that many are tropical plants and like the same warm temperatures that we do. Don't display them close to drafty doors and windows.
Tropical plants also enjoy higher-than-average humidity. That can be a little challenging in a centrally heated home, where humidty levels can drop drastically during the winter. However, there are a few things you can do to keep your plants healthy. Check out these easy tips for raising the humidity for your house plants.
Don't forget the evergreen wreath for your front door.
Made of freshly cut boughs, a natural wreath is already decked out and ready to hang.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas with a table top tree. This pint-sized pine is already embellished with a strand of white lights. So small, you can display this tiny tree anywhere.