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Decorating with Plants for Christmas

Written by Emily, Plant Lover

Decorating your house before Christmas day is a fantastic way to get into the holiday spirit and bring some festive cheer into your home. While tinsel and fairy lights add some sparkle, decorating with plants can bring a more natural feel, and adding some festive plants into the mix will also provide lovely colours and textures.

There are lots of plants that are traditionally brought into the home at Christmas, let's take a look at some of them for inspiration.

Decorating for Christmas

Christmas Plant Ideas: Decorating with Plants

The Christmas Tree

Of course, the most obvious plant to decorate this Christmas is going to be your Christmas tree. A bushy, gloriously green tree is the main event when it comes to Christmas tree decorating. Choosing a strong, healthy tree that will last throughout the season is crucial. We offer a gorgeous Nordmann Fir at The Stem, freshly cut and ready to decorate on delivery to your door. For those short on space, we also have some lovely Blue Spruce pot-grown mini trees, which not only look fantastic but can be re-planted and reused again next year too!

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Flamingo Flower

Alternatively, if you stray from the traditional red Christmas theme, a Flamingo Flower might work better with your festive colour scheme. At The Stem, you can find both white and pink colour variants, making it easy for you to find the plant to match your decorations. These plants love the warmth and won’t need as much water in the winter!

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Scarlet Star (Guzmania)

The Scarlet Star is one of the most popular of the Bromeliad plants. Known for its bright leaves, this plant matches perfectly with a christmassy red interior that's decorated with festive cheer. This plant works well in rooms of high humidity, that's why it can usually be found in kitchen and bathrooms to add a pop of colour and Christmas cheer.

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African Milk Tree (Euphorbia Trigona Rubra)

Although belonging to the Euphorbia family, an African Milk Tree actually changes its leaves colour from a dark green to a deep red during the winter months. The contrast of the colours gives a subtle nod to Christmas, without being too overpowering amongst your other decorations. Being native to Tropical Africa, this plant requires little water, making it a very low maintenance plant over the festive season.

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Holly (Ilex)

Beautiful Holly, with its dark green, shiny leaves, and brightly contrasting red berries, is one of the plants you'd most commonly associate with the festive season. A few well-placed springs can transform your home, giving it a much more Christmassy vibe in an instant. Holly is also great for making DIY wreaths and can even adorn your Christmas pudding for a genuinely picture-perfect look. Just remember to take care when handling it, as those spiky leaves can be pretty unforgiving.

Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera)

A Christmas cactus originates from southeast coastal Brazil in densely packed, humid forests. This houseplant is a great alternative for those who prefer a less traditional look or don't have room for a traditional tree. The Christmas Cactus is known as such because of the pretty blooms that appear, hanging down like festive ornaments from the ends of the leaves.

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Mistletoe (Viscum album)

If you are hoping to be kissed this Christmas, adorning your beams, light shades, and ceilings with Mistletoe gives you the perfect excuse to request a peck from your beau. Mistletoe has an exciting history. Did you know that Mistletoe was once banned by the Christian church while the Druids considered it a sacred plant? Nowadays, however, it is one of the most popular natural Xmas decorations and the perfect reason to cosy up to your loved ones this Christmas too.

Decorating With Your Current Houseplants

Of course, if you are space-poor or don't want the hassle or the expense of bringing a traditional Christmas tree into your home, there is no reason why you can't get creative with your current houseplants. Lots of indoor plants are robust enough to support some tinsel and Christmas baubles, so why not simply decorate your existing plants to bring some colour, sparkle, and festive cheer to your home this Christmas?

Lots of indoor plants are robust enough to support some tinsel and Christmas baubles, so why not simply decorate your existing plants

Decorating with Plants, Christmas Trees and More From The Stem This Christmas!

Why not start decorating with plants and have a green-filled festive season! At The Stem, we've got all your Christmas plant needs sorted. From full-size Christmas trees to mini pot-grown ones, as well as a large variety of stunning houseplants to bring some greenery into your home, why not browse our ranges today?

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