Brighten your home for Christmas
The festive time of year always seems to come around far too fast and the older we get the quicker it comes— so there is no time to waste.
Christmas is a lovely time to spend at home and brightening the inside and outside upwith flower pots and hanging baskets is such a fun thing to do.
Let’s start on the inside. These days we have a huge range of extremely long lasting indoor plants available. You can select from thosewith lovely foliage like calatheas, ficus, peace lilies, palms and scheflerra all very easy to care for and bold in their foliage.
Or you can go for something that is bright and flowering. The world’s most popular house plant, phalaenopsis orchids, are stunning! Poinsettias are a sign of Christmas and we have cream and pink marbled poinsettias as well as the traditional big bright reds. They will last for months on end and give you plenty of colour. Much better value than a bunch of flowers.
Flowering kalanchoes and anthuriums are also choice for inside and let’s not forget the stunning and deliciously fragrant Christmas lilies!
For outside, you can get inventive and pot up amyriad of different flowering plants into containers, hanging baskets, flower towers, old boots, even wheelbarrows to create an impact. Try red and white petunias, begonias or impatiens, or drifts of geraniums.
Roses can be plunged into pots at the front door and fuchsias make a great colour splash in the shady places. Long flowering sunpatiens are fantastic too.
Don’t forget tohang some flowering baskets around the barbecue, patio or courtyard. A great idea is to plant up herbs into hanging baskets or pots and use them at barbecue time and then take them on holiday with you!
As there is not much time before all those Christmas visitors turn up, it is best to get plants that are already flowering for a good display. We have baskets already to go.
If you get on to all this now then you will have more time to relax before the really silly season begins.
■ www.decorgardenworld.co.nz www.facebook.com