Of all the beautiful plants for sale at nurseries, florists, and grocery stores around the holidays, the new Garland clematis is one of our favorites.
Bred to thrive indoors, it comes with snowflake-shaped flowers in a range of delicious colors, from Cassis (royal purple) to Pistachio, pictured here.
The vines are trained on circular frames in 6-inch containers and sold through December for about $20 each.
To keep the plant tidy, tuck new growth beneath existing stems. Display in bright, indirect light, and water regularly.
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Given their glamorous appearance and considerable cachet, orchids make impressive gifts.
Their thick, waxy flowers last four to six weeks, often longer. Many orchids make good house or patio plants ― no steamy hothouse environment is necessary to keep them happy.
With reasonable care, they'll bloom again next winter and for years to come.
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It can grow on you in more ways than one.
Sure, the plants just get bigger and better every year. They pump out masses of delicate jungle flowers in rosy red, white, orange, pink, and pale yellow, depending on the variety, just in time for the holidays.
And although they’re true cactus, their spines are so tiny and soft that you’ll scarcely notice them ― and never get pricked.