The holiday season is quickly approaching. As the winter approaches, you may start looking for ways to decorate your home. One way you may consider is using plants. There are numerous benefits to using plants as a decoration during the holiday season. Some people choose plants because they are bringing life and warmth into their home, others choose them because they can be inexpensive alternatives to other types of decorations like flowers and lights, and others choose them because they can make their home smell nice.

Live potted plants can really tie a room together - and if you’re hosting the holidays at home, they can be one of the easiest ways to add a personal touch. Plants are a great way to bring life into our homes during the holiday season. They add that homey touch, and many of them are easy to care for!

Here are six of our favorite plants to decorate your home with this holiday season:

Amaryllis - If you’re planning to decorate your home for the holidays, amaryllis can be a great addition to your decorations. Amaryllis plants are one of the most popular indoor plants for this time of year because they're easy to care for, have beautiful blooms, and come in festive colors that can fit any type of decor. Amaryllis requires plenty of sunlight and warm temperatures to grow properly. Place them near a window with bright light from an east or west exposure - Avoid facing north or south exposures, as these will cause your plants to stretch too much, which can lead to them not being able to stand up properly and produce blooms easily

Christmas Cactus - A Christmas Cactus is a common holiday plant because it is typically grown in the wintertime when most other plants have gone dormant and require less watering due to cooler temperatures. They bloom in pink, orange, red, salmon, and white around December and January, Many people grow Christmas Cactus because they have long-lasting blooms, require low maintenance, and make your home festive during the holidays.

Cyclamen - Cyclamen plants are wonderful festive flowers. They are often in bloom from December to February, which is perfect for the holiday season. Their pink, red, and white flowers provide a pop of color and festive cheer. Cyclamen plants can be utilized as beautiful decorations for a variety of parties and events. They make great centerpieces for any type of event you need to create some Christmas cheer. For those who are looking for other Christmas flowers, cyclamen plants might be the perfect option.

Norfolk Island Pine - Norfolk Island pine trees offer a fresh, green scent that will fill your home with holiday cheer. If you don’t have a lot of space a Norfolk Island pine can serve as your Christmas Tree.  They come in different sizes and shapes, and you can also put decorations on them. They provide an elegant look for your home that is not too overwhelming. I have had one for years and they are easy to maintain throughout the year. Norfolk Island pines do not tolerate cold weather, so it is grown as a houseplant, meaning you can enjoy them long after the holidays have ended.

Rosemary - Rosemary is a fragrant herb that can be used in many ways for decorating your home during the holidays. It’s wonderful for decorating your home during the holidays as you can use it to make holiday wreaths, garlands, table centerpieces, floral arrangements, and more. The best part is that it’s not just good inside your home - it makes an excellent living wreath on your front door or outside of your windows. It will keep your house smelling nice during the wintertime. It smells great, it tastes great, and it looks beautiful in the kitchen, on the table, or as a Christmas tree.

Poinsettia - Poinsettias are one of the most popular holiday decorations because they are colorful and brighten up any home. They are also a great option because they last comparatively longer than other traditional decorations such as live trees or wreaths. Put them on the dinner table, or on your fireplace mantle. To make your poinsettia plant last longer than a few weeks, cut off any dropped leaves to keep it healthy. The traditional red plant is gorgeous but, over the years, new colors have been added such as pink, white, orange, gold, and bi-color designs. They are easy to care for, as they grow in low light and don't need watering more than once a week. Poinsettias are originally from Mexico and have been popular in Christmas decoration since they were taken to the United States in the 1800s.

What are your favorite holiday plants?

Amaryllis photo courtesy of ibulb.

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