Christmas time is the season of goodwill and happiness and we know that our connection with nature plays a key part. Plants are so important at Christmas time; whether it’s a holly wreath on the door, a simple Christmas tree or mistletoe at the office party—each play a significant part in the celebrations.
While we’re all spending more time at home during the festive season, buying that all-important pot plant to sit by the television or on the table for the Christmas feast really adds to the festivities.
Here are my magnificent seven, the top houseplants to bring colour, cheer and joy into our homes this yuletide.
The poinsettia is synonymous with Christmas. Originating from Mexico and named after the first United States Minister, Joel Roberts Poinsett, this plant has found its heart in our homes throughout the Christmas months. Traditionally, these have bright red displays that are not flower petals, but in fact bracts. The little yellow centres are actually the flowers.
You can buy these in a whole vast array of colours; white, pinks and multicoloured as well. As they’re a bit sensitive to the cold, if you are buying these from a garden centre make sure to wrap it up in a protective sleeve while you carry it to your car and never leave it on a cold draughty windowsill and they also don’t like being positioned above a radiators, so the perfect spot is key to keeping them alive. They’re great kitchen and bathroom plants—where the humidity is quite high and the rooms typically remain warm.