NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS…
“Living Christmas trees” have become increasingly fashionable with ethically-minded consumers, who don’t like the idea of throwing away tree in the New Year. The concept is to replant the tree in the garden each new year, and then dig it up, pot it up with soil and bring it indoors for the next festive season. It’s a nice idea but seldom as “green” as it sounds as the roots inevitably get damaged and the extreme change in temperature (and often lack of water) can stress the tree too. If you would rather a real tree, which keeps on living after Christmas, then consider a tree that is actually grown in a pot. And of course keep it well watered and away from heat sources like radiators and wood burners. If you feel strongly about not having a cut Christmas tree, then maybe consider decorating a tree or shrub outside in your garden, which can be seen from key windows.
Or make your own alternative indoor tree like I did last year for a client (see above). Simply use small branches for the frame and dress with fairy lights and Christmas baubles.