- Written by Melinda Myers Melinda Myers
Make gift-giving easy with unique green gifts that provide weeks and, in some cases, months and years of beauty. Plus, gifting easy-care blooming plants is an experiential gift that’s ideal for everyone, especially that person on your list who has everything.
Gardeners as well as practical family members and friends will enjoy the dual purpose the Christmas rose (Hellebore) provides. This widespread European holiday plant is gaining popularity in holiday celebrations here in the U.S.
Recipients will enjoy up to two months of blossoms indoors when grown in a cool, bright location. Once the danger of frost has passed, it can be moved outdoors into a full or partially shaded spot in the garden for years of added beauty.
Even non-gardeners will be fascinated by the amaryllis as its beauty erupts from the bulb. Everyone will eagerly watch for the bulb to sprout, for flower stems to quickly grow, and for it to eventually produce several large, trumpet-shaped blooms.
Make it easy and fun for all with a waxed amaryllis bulb. Dipped in colorful wax, these freestanding bulbs need no soil or water. Just set the waxed bulb in a space where they can be enjoyed, and watch the magic happen as the amaryllis breaks through the wax coating and grows into a colorful specimen.
Impress avid gardeners with unique varieties, such as Papillio Butterfly amaryllis. The flowers resemble orchids and are quite striking with maroon-striped green petals. The narrow, chartreuse, lily-like blossoms of Evergreen eventually turn apple green, making it stand out among the red amaryllises and poinsettias of the season.
Dress up your amaryllis gift by planting the bulb in a pretty container, setting it on stones in a glass hurricane, or combining it with spring-flowering bulbs, such as tulips, grape hyacinths, and crocuses.
Provide some aromatherapy, flavor, and beauty with fragrant flowers and herbs. Lily-of-the-valley may be a bully in the garden, but it’s a fragrant beauty sure to brighten a winter day when planted in a container and enjoyed indoors.
The calming fragrance of Spanish lavender can be enjoyed fresh or the stems and flowers snipped, dried, and added to bouquets and sachets.
Rosemary’s flavor makes it a perfect gift for the foodies on your list. And everyone, including non-cooks, will enjoy its fragrance. Grow it indoors in a cool location with morning sun or under artificial lights.
Make this the year you give the perfect gift: one that’s unique and is sure to provide instant smiles and weeks or months of fragrance and beauty.
Melinda Myers is the author of more than 20 gardening books and host of The Great Courses’ How to Grow Anything DVD series. Her website, www.melindamyers.com, offers gardening tips and videos.