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THOUGHTFUL LIVING GIFTS

Christmas is just days away and it’s no secret that plants and flowers are a big part of season. Everyone knows that holiday plants make festive holiday gifts. Poinsettias, Amaryllis and Paperwhites all come to mind, coloring the season with their traditional holiday hues. And yes, the holidays are all about tradition and that's part of the reason we love them. But why not think outside of the box this year and consider a living gift that can be enjoyed during the holidays and beyond? And don’t just limit your gift-giving choices to indoor plants. There are plenty of wonderful, lasting outdoor plants that can be enjoyed once the spring and summer months roll around. The choices are infinite, so get out gift giving rut and give an unexpected living gift. Here are few of unique gifts to consider...

KITCHEN HERB GARDEN – Growing your own herbs is a rewarding and efficient way to making it easy to harvest fresh herbs for cooking all year long. Herbs such as basil, mint, thyme, rosemary and oregano are just few examples of hardy and attractive pot herbs which can add a spot of fresh green indoors all winter long. Keep in pots indoors or transfer to the garden once the weather warms ups. Tuck one of these robust herbs in a sisal or decorative pot, and you’ll be sure to spice up someone’s holiday!

JEANS DILLY SPRUCE – This refined version of the popular Dwarf Alberta Spruce has short green needles that turn a cheery light green to welcome spring and remain green all throughout the winter! Jean Dilly has distinctive and refined pyramidal form, which lends a delicate texture to any landscape. A relatively low maintenance shrub, however, when pruning is needed, only trim back the new growth of the current season. Prefers full to partial shade. Its perfect shape, slow growth, lovely texture and color, combine to create an extraordinary little plant that never outgrows its place in the garden.

ORCHIDS – Whether a gift for another or a treat for yourself, orchids will captivate and add elegance to any setting. Moth orchids, also known as Phalaeonopsis, are some of the least expensive and longest-blooming orchids available. In fact, one bloom spike can look great for four months or more. Color range includes whites, pinks and blues. Orchids are surprisingly easy to grow. In the right setup at home they can be extremely low maintenance. Be sure to give them a spot in low, medium, or bright light and water weekly or every other week. Promote more and larger blooms by feeding moth orchids monthly with a fertilizer formulated specifically for orchids. Plants do best in temperatures from 50 to 75F.

YULETIDE CAMELLIA – This wintertime classic will bring warm, red flowers and elegant green leaves to your holiday decoration and will add beauty to your garden for many years to come. With single, vibrant, red blooms this evergreen is a beautiful addition to the winter garden. Blossoms poop against glossy, dark green foliage. A moderate grower, this shrub will grow to approximately 8-10 feet tall creating an stunning evergreen background. Extremely drought tolerant, once established - this shrub can handle most any conditions Mother Nature throws at it! Prefers full to partial sun. The perfect choice for a colorful hedge or screen, border shrub, or simply placed to add a pop of color to outdoor living spaces.

HELLEBORE – This hardy perennial offers beautiful blooms all through the dreary days of winter and into early spring. Also called the Christmas Rose or Lenten Rose, bloom time often coincides with the Christmas holidays. This evergreen, features blooms with five petals, cup-shaped flowers. The foliage is dark green, offering a beautiful back drop. Available in a variety of colors from white to pastel yellow to pink and purple, this intriguing perennial is without a doubt the star of the winter landscape. And, throughout the summer the deep green foliage creates visual depth and interest in the landscape too. This low maintenance plant is drought tolerance, although it thrives in moist but well-drained soil. And did we mention hellebore are deer resistant too! Not only will they grace your table with beautiful cut flowers, they'll provide color in your landscape at a time when there virtually is none.

Gardens In Glass

MINI GARDENS

Give a growing gift this season! With Christmas just around the corner, finding the perfect gift for the perfect someone can be challenging. Why not consider one of these unique gardening gifts. Terrariums, dish gardens and even hanging glass orbs bring a fresh accent to any décor and these versatile minis can be placed anywhere. Mini gardens are a wonderful way to display plants indoors, and decorating with plants adds life to any room and brings a sense of warmth to any home.

These versatile miniatures are easy to create using any clear container. Jars, bottles, vases and aquariums are some of the more commonly used containers. However, you can use a terrarium jar, cloche or any open vessel. Just be sure to choose something that is large enough to accommodate the plants that you want to use and that the container is transparent for easy viewing and will allow sunlight to penetrate. Adorn your mini garden with houses, benches, miniature wheelbarrows, furniture or any other petite accessory. Or embellish with a few holiday accents for a festive feel. The skies the limit, so let your imagination run free! We offer a wide selection of unique glass containers and accessories for just about any theme or indoor space you can think of. Stop in for some unique ideas for that special someone on your list this holiday season.

The Star of Holiday Plants

SHOOTING STAR HYDRANGEA

This holiday season, enjoy the style and beauty of a Shooting Star Hydrangea. This fantastic plant is versatile and useful in containers as well as shrub borders or as specimen plants flowering in mid to late summer. Remember, if you are going to plant this beauty outside, wait until spring's warmer weather to do so. Shooting Stars make great hostess gifts, teacher gifts, and they are the secret Santa gift that will keep blooming! You'll love its pure-white star shaped flowers that will remain for four to six weeks and then turn a lovely pale green. The flowers will last another four to five weeks in their green phase. With proper care, you can enjoy Shooting Star's long bloom period throughout winter.

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