To beautify the garden house, Thomas J. Story, Jim McCausland and Jil Peters has a very bright idea, he made a gift, but not a gift for a birthday gift, Gift plants, not inside, but the plants are planted in a pot gift. Very creative and a good idea to plant.
Give a mini evergreen
Dwarf conifers come with gold, chartreuse, or deep green needles.
Look for 4- or 6-inch pots of Canada hemlock, false or Monterey cypress, and juniper.
After the holidays, move to a larger pot or plant in the ground.
Salad greens, Gift Plant
Cool-season salad greens are often sold in standard cell-packs, ready to plant. The pack will fit nicely in an 8-inch square box edged with tissue paper.
Buy the plant (or budding bulb) in a 6-inch container. Assemble a box (available at mailing centers and craft stores) that’s 1 or 2 inches larger than the plant container, then add ribbon.
Bulbs planted in a paint can will brighten someone’s life for weeks. Cover a 1-quart paint can (about $1 at hardware stores) with wrapping paper, securing the seam with double-stick tape.
Guided by the depression in the can’s lid, trace and cut out a paper label, write your message, and attach to lid with double-stick tape. Fill can halfway with sand.
Place two or three paperwhite or other narcissus bulbs (about $5 for a 10-pack) in the sand (roots down, points up).
On a paper slip, offer advice for the giftee: To force bulbs, set aside lid and add water until sand is just moist. Place in sunny spot and keep moist; blooms in about seven weeks.
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.
Comes in various sizes and flower colors: bright red, yellow, orange, salmon, hot pink, white.
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.