Spread more holiday cheer with these beautiful plants. Below you'll find 20 of our favorite plants to give as gifts. Many can move from indoors to outdoors and in again, year after year. Some are true-blue houseplants, meant to brighten up any room for the holidays, and then continue delighting for years to come.
Every plant is perfect for both new and wise gardeners, plus the not-yet-a-gardeners in your life. They’re also a comforting, thoughtful way to honor teachers, neighbors, and your favorite essential workers this year.
While you're spreading the holiday cheer, there's no harm in showing yourself a little extra love this holiday season. Add a plant that's sure to please for seasons to come.
What's your favorite plant to give and receive? Share in the comments or on social media (remember to tag us @MonroviaPlants).
(Above) Gift yourself or a loved one rosemary. Beautiful, aromatic, and savory, use the herb in cooking, home keeping, beauty care, and so much more. Discover 8 things you didn’t know you could do with Rosemary.
10 beautiful plants for holiday giving
An abundance of formal, four-inch, crimson red blooms open slowly over a long period for an especially long bloom season. Even young plants show an extra heavy bud set. Glossy, dark green foliage makes this a prized plant for the milder regions. Evergreen. Up to 8' tall and wide in 10 years. Zones 8-10.
A cook’s dream with edible, aromatic, deep green foliage thrives in your indoor/outdoor container. Clip and cook with fresh or dried leaves for classically savory flavor in stocks and soup. Evergreen. Up to 8' tall and wide in the landscape. Zones 8–11.
A delightful new color variation on a favorite, this showy, low-growing camellia displays profuse, soft pink flowers on glossy dark green leaves. Excellent choice for a natural hedge, espalier, or groundcover in shaded settings. Evergreen. Up to 3' tall, 8' wide. Zones 7-9.
Rosemary (for remembrance) is superb as a culinary herb, in tea, and in potpourri. Shape it as topiary or go au natural in an indoor/outdoor container. Evergreen. Up to 6' tall, 4' wide in the landscape. Zones 8–11.
Petite white flowers sing with scent atop glossy, fine foliage. As with all grafted Gardenias, superior rootstock gives this beauty some brawn and strong resistance to nematodes. Evergreen. Up to 12" tall, 26" wide. Zones 8–11.
This impressive new hybrid has perked up the traditional drooping flowers of hellebores with blooms facing outwards, and even upwards, to greet the spring. Evergreen. Up to 2' tall and wide. Zones 5-9.
This living sculpture is perfect for container gardening. In colder climates, enjoy it on a dappled shade patio in warm weather. Then, overwinter indoors in a bright location without direct sun. Evergreen. Up to 15' tall and wide. Zones 7–10.
As if the blood-red berries weren’t showy enough, the glossy leaves are deep-red on the underside. Golden, cup-shaped flowers bloom in summer. Up to 3′ tall and wide. Zones 5-9.
10 Unique houseplants for holiday giving
Here's an inspired alternative to the Christmas Cactus. This festive, saw-toothed red and green foliage grows well indoors in cold climates, outdoors as an accent in frost-free zones. Evergreen. Upo to 12" tall and wide. Zone 9–11. Grow indoors in all zones.
New leaves emerge as spikes covered in a bright-red sheath. This splash of color is like the star on top of a Christmas tree. It simply shines against the dark-green leaves. Up to 6' tall and 2' wide.
A shimmering gift for the holidays, this easy-going tropical plant makes an impact with big, gray-green leaves. A vining variety; provide support to allow it to climb. Tolerates low light but does best with bright, indirect light. Provide good drainage. Up to 3' tall, with support.
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