Christmas Planters

This small indoor arrangement is easily assembled using 2 to 4″ sized houseplants and a 4″ poinsettia of your colour choice – although red is shown. This combination includes the versatile Brake fern, particularly the Silver Lace Fern (Pteris ensiformis ‘Evergemiensis’), and a white-spotted Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya), which also comes with pink or rose spotting.

A hardy outdoor Christmas planter (at least here in coastal BC) composed of Nandina domestica ‘Moon Bay’, a compact (to 3′ tall) Heavenly Bamboo that turns a brilliant deep rose red in winter. It is accompanied by Lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) with its edible red fruits (they taste like Cranberry), some variegated English Ivy and Euphorbia characias ‘Tasmanian Tiger’.

This is a larger indoor planter suitable for brightening the foyer or corner of the living-room. The 8″ red poinsettia has been accented with a little gold glitter but the real showpiece here is the dramatic Elephant’s Ear (Alocasia x amazonica) with its dark green shield-shaped leaves and prominent white veining. White variegated English ivy and a pale pink florist’s cyclamen have also been used.

Another outdoor container to help dress-up the front door or entrance – it includes Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’ (a winter-flowering species) and a very young Winterberry plant (Ilex verticillata ‘Afterglow’), which is essentially a deciduous form of holly. The newer variegated Skimmia japonica ‘Magic Marlot’ and a red mini-cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum) round out this display.

This small indoor arrangement has been planted in a decorative red metal sleigh and is a perfect accent for the mantle or side table. It features a 4″ red poinsettia, a variegated Dracaena (D. reflexa ‘Song of India’), some green English ivy (Hedera helix) and a white Kalanchoe (K. blossfeldiana). These types of arrangements have no drainage holes, so water them very carefully.

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