‘Tis the time for dazzling lights, blow up santas and over-sized candy cane taking pride of place on your front lawn.
Yes, the festival season is upon us, but if you’re not in for a full-on Christmas themed home front then don’t look past your garden bed and think about planting some festival annuals.
Here are three Christmas themed garden plants to brighten up your front yard just in time for Santa.
POINSETTIA – THE OFFICIAL CHRISTMAS FLOWER
The reason we associate poinsettias with the holidays comes from an old Mexican legend.
A young girl named Pepita was sad that she didn’t have a gift to leave for the baby Jesus at Christmas Eve services.
Her cousin tried to comfort her and said that Jesus would love any presents from her, even the smallest one.
With no money to buy a real gift, Pepita picked a bouquet of weeds that she walked past on the way to church.
(Other versions of the story say an angel came to her and instructed her to pick the plants.)
When she got there, she left the weeds at the bottom of the nativity scene. All of a sudden, the weeds transformed into beautiful red flowers.
You’ll find these Christmas flowers at your local Bunnings garden centres who will more than likely have potted poinsettias in stock as Santa’s arrival draws near..
CHRISTMAS TREE OR CHRISTMAS CONIFER!!
Thinking about installing a real Christmas tree this year but don’t have the room?
Think about picking up a potted conifer.
Garden centres generally stock up on these beautiful green trees come Christmas time, so you can choose the one you love and either plant it in your garden or in a pot plant, and add a few charming decorations.
You can move it indoors for the Christmas period then shift it outdoors until next year.
GET THE LOOK WITH A CHRISTMAS CACTUS.
Can you believe there is a cactus called The Christmas Cactus? It’s named so because it is thought to naturally bloom at Christmas time, and will event produce some lush flowers that hang down like beautiful Christmas ornaments.
Now get to your local garden centre and stock up on Christmas themed plants to set the scene for the perfect festival season.