15 Best Christmas Plants for Your Winter Garden
Published: May 20, 2020
Modified: July 26, 2021
Written by: Anjali Patodi
Bring home these SUBTLE, BEAUTIFUL Christmas plants to infuse colour, scent and warmth into your celebrations. Turn your indoor garden to an ABSOLUTE BLISS!
Winter is a time for chilly winds, little or no sunlight and a compromised choice of colors outdoors in the flora. That shouldn’t stop you from bringing home a symphony of colors with these popular house Christmas plants.
While the Christmas tree is a ubiquitous feature every year, let’s explore what a world of the difference these indoor Christmas plants can do not only to your home decor but also to your cactus puns on your Christmas cards this year. If you’re looking for variety, fragrance or simply a splash of color, our list of popular house plants offers all that and more.
Flower Christmas Plants
These Christmas flowers are a favorite in the US, and with good reason. Humble and modest in terms of maintenance, the Poinsettia is most preferred in its red variant, although the newer whites and pinks are just as pleasing to the eyes.
While these popular house plants are tropical bloomers, they are grown around Christmas due to their high demand. Keep them in a room temperature environment with moist soil and you will certainly have a winner.
2. Orchid Cactus
The orchid cactus is an absolute pleasure to grow and care for with its gorgeous big flowers and long stems. You can show off your orchid cactus by placing it in a hanging basket and allowing its stems to gently flow down the pot. While this is a spring bloom, if cared for well with regular pruning and watering, your orchid cactus will last you for months and serve an apt reminder of those cactus puns for Christmas!
Aptly known as the ‘Christmas Cheer’ the azalea is a Christmas plant that is sure to lift spirits with its visually delightful flowers in hues of pink, red and white. Usually a spring plant, it can be brought in when temperatures drop.
Aside from water and a cool environment, the azalea needs an acidic environment to grow, thrive and bring out the bright red color in the flowers that it produces. A good way to nurture azalea is by exposing it to tea. That’s right! The acidity of a tea bag can seep into the soil and create an acidic environment for azalea to grow in.
We know what you’re thinking. Roses and Christmas? Well, if you ask us, anytime is a good time for roses! These evergreen beauties can adorn a gorgeous dining table vase with effortless charm. Throw in some potpourri or pine cones to make it a prettier affair. As red is the color of the season, red roses are perfect for indoor Christmas plants. Yellow roses are also certain to brighten up any home.
5. Cyclamen (Sow Bread)
Cyclamen is a perfect addition to your potted population for this Christmas with its pleasant scent and a wide variety of flower colors. The flowers develop a marbled texture that lends to its luxurious appeal. You can place your cyclamen away from direct sunlight in a cool environment and enjoy your prized Christmas plant for weeks to come.
6. Moth Orchids
You can never go wrong with orchids. These beauties are the perfect accent plant to decorate your home at any time of the year, more so around Christmas time. The Cymbidium variety of orchids is a perfect Christmas plant and ideal to be cultivated in wintertime.
In fact, these indoor plants are lithophytes, growing well around and on rocks. Using the shape of the rock as support to grow and feeding off the debris at the bottom, these orchids certainly make for a pretty sight. Adorn your home with these Christmas plants should you have an indoor pebbles/rock décor.
7. Christmas Cactus
These gorgeous plants are symbolic of the arrival of the festive season with one variant during Thanksgiving and shortly followed by the Christmas plants. If taken care of well, your Christmas cactus can last you for years to come. All you will need to do is place them by a bright window, water them when dry and check on them every week. We are sure having it in eyesight is going to inspire you for witty cactus puns for your Christmas cards!
What’s not to love about these gorgeous trumpet-shaped flowers? Amaryllis in refreshing hues of crimson can be the crowning highlight of your center table this holiday season. In fact, these flowers are very common gifts around this time of the year should you call on some friends or relatives. So don’t hesitate to pot a few extra and spread the cheer with these pleasing Christmas plants!
Fragrant Christmas Plants
These beautiful white blossoms make for popular house plants, especially if you have a tall vase or dedicated indoor garden. Paperwhites exude a strong husky fragrance and you are better off placing them in a big airy room to ensure a mild pleasurable scent. A great way to increase the aesthetic appeal of your paperwhites is to pot them along a bed of white pebbles.
If you’re a fan of Italian and continental cuisine, you are definitely going to be tempted to pot this popular indoor plant in your home. The rosemary grows to a height of roughly 6 feet in the outdoors but can be altered to the size of an indoor plant too. The rosemary is also a popular house plant to practice topiary art on. This herb plant will bring a welcome variety of green among your Christmas flowers.
A symbol of love, the mistletoe is almost a traditional Christmas plant every holiday season as much as your prized Christmas tree! The mistletoe is a plant the grows all year round to keep your company across all seasons. This herb gives out a fresh woody fragrance that you would love to cuddle up under for some thought into your Christmas cactus puns or that coveted kiss under the mistletoe. You can even get tiny mistletoe bundles on AmazonCheck Latest Price to give as gifts.
Other Christmas Plants
Regarded as a symbol of fertility and long life, the Holly is ideally an outdoor plant that grows up to a height of 50 feet. But, with a little bit of customization, you can have a circular wreath of Holly indoors as an apt ode to the spirit eternal festivities and the jolly season. It’s best to invest in the female variant of the plant if you’re looking for the red berries.
13. Frosty Ferns
These tiny potted plants can be lined up along your French windows or any area with medium light. You will need a saucer placed below the pot to keep your surroundings clean and allow for comfortable absorption. We absolutely love the white drizzle atop the small tiny green leaves of the frosty ferns giving it the ideal Christmas plant look!
14. Christmas Tree
We cannot possibly round off a list for Christmas plants without naming the iconic Christmas tree! Pardon us for stating the obvious, but it isn’t really a holiday season until you get this yearly visitor home. Put up your Christmas tree decorations and tuck your gifts under the tree to enjoy the jolly season in all its splendor! And if you’re planning on using fairy lights (duh), check out some cool ways you can enhance the ambient vibe here.
15. Norfolk Pine
The Norfolk pine is a welcome break from all these flowers Christmas plants are going to bring you. Place this long-lasting plant in room temperature with medium to bright light and water when dry. If taken care of well, your Norfolk pine can last you years with just a replacement of the top layer of soil.
We’re off to set up our indoor garden for this Christmas!