Deck the Halls

A favourite plant for decorating the home at this time of this year is the poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima). It originates from Central America and tropical Mexico where it is known by its Spanish name flor de nochebuena or 'flower of Christmas Eve'. Other plants ideal for decking the festive halls are hippeastrum (commonly called amaryllis), with its brightly coloured, showy blooms, ivy, which is great for table decor, and holly, which can be hung around doors and windows.

For something a little different, decorate the Christmas or buffet table with small pots planted with red begonias, or let tiny pots of variegated thyme hold place names of guests. These can be given as gifts when the guests leave.

Amaryllis

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