12 Plants of Christmas from The Family Tree

Are you having trouble coming up with new gift ideas? Do you need a gift for someone who has everything?  Or a gift that keeps on giving? Though the possibilities are endless, these 12 plants of Christmas are some great south-loving plants that are
sure to please.

12 plants of Christmas-1Heleborus: When winter seems interminable, you get a cheerful reminder that spring is just around the corner when helebores start to bloom in February. Also known as Lenten rose, this evergreen perennial has glossy dark green leaves and sweet bell-shaped nodding flowers that bloom for weeks in a kaleidoscope of colors. This is a must-have for the shade garden.

Hydrangea: The hydrangea is the quintessential old-fashioned southern shrub and a great pass-a long plant.  This summer-blooming shrub sports a number of varieties with lace-cap and mophead blossoms. Place this beauty where you can enjoy it in a shady, moist area of the garden with room to spread.

Camellia: Always a favorite in the southern garden.  Every garden needs a camellia or two. Camellia sasanqua has smaller leaves and blooms in late fall through the end of the year. Camellia japonica has larger leaves and flowers in late winter and early spring. These partial shade loving shrubs make great borders and can be pruned to become small trees. There are an abundance of species to choose from with blooms in colors of white, pink and red.

Magnolia: Native magnolias are huge and don’t fit in many of our reduced landscape sites. Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’ is evergreen and only gets about 15-20’ tall. The glossy green leaves and flowers are smaller and starts blooming much earlier than the larger species. Classic, fragrant white blossoms begin in summer and continue through the fall.

Blueberries: One of the many fruit plants that love the southern climate, blueberries thrive in a sunny location.  Full of healthy antioxidants and vitamins, this gift is not only a striking large shrub, it’s good for you and tasty too!

Butterfly Bush: This easy-care deciduous bush attracts butterflies and hummingbirds alike.  Plant in full sun for beautiful long-blooming summer spike flowers. Sit back and enjoy the show!

Coral Bark Japanese Maple: For more spectacular winter interest, plant the coral bark maple and enjoy the bright bare crimson branches against the drab winter background. During the growing season, the leaves are a pretty green and then turn yellow in autumn for all-season interest.

Tea Olive: This large evergreen shrub can be pruned into a small tree. It is prized for the powerful fragrance of its small white flowers that bloom periodically throughout the year. Plant a tea olive where you can enjoy the scent.

Acorus grass: This sweet little perennial has bright yellow/green blades that stand out when summer annuals begin to fade. Plant Acorus as an accent to provide texture to any garden.

Dogwood: Perfect for smaller yards, this beautiful tree offers a burst of color in spring, bright red berries in late summer, gorgeous fall color and striking bark in the winter.  It is adaptable to most conditions and you can choose from pink, white and red flowers.

Daffodils and Tulip bulbs among many other spring blooming bulbs can be planted in November and December for low maintenance spring color.  As each flower pops up, your recipient will be reminded of your thoughtful gift.

Design & Landscape: There are so many plants to choose from!  How do you decide?  Give the ultimate gift.  A gift certificate for a professionally designed landscape plan by one of The Family Tree designers.

Call today for details. You don’t have to be a master gardener to enjoy the health benefits of gardening. Your body, mind, soul and spirit will be refreshed and healthier by spending a little time in your garden.  Giving plants as a gift keeps memories alive year after year.

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