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8 Christmas plants to decorate your home this festive season

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A compilation of Christmas plants

Combine the festive season with your love of houseplants with this beautiful selection of indoor Christmas plants. 

If you haven’t already got your Christmas tree up, chances are you’re thinking about adding a few festive touches to your home in the foreseeable future.

While there are plenty of decorations on the market (including some seriously adorable baubles), adding some Christmas plants to your home is another great way to get into the festive spirit. 

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On top of the fact that plants can bring a bit of extra colour to your home during the darker winter months, they’re also a great way to cut down on Christmas waste, because you can keep them up all year round or plant them in the garden until next December.

Keep reading to check out our pick of the best Christmas plants to brighten up your home this December, from a traditional potted Christmas tree to the eye-catching Christmas cactus.  

  • The Real Flower Petal Confetti Co Sprig Of Mistletoe

    A sprig of Mistletoe
    Best Christmas Plants: The Real Flower Petal Confetti Co.

    Add a touch of festive cheer to your home with this sprig of mistletoe grown on the Wyke Manor Estate in Worcestershire.

    Not just for kissing under, the curved green leaves and pearlescent white berries of this mistletoe sprig make it the perfect addition to any festive display.

    Shop Sprig of Mistletoe at The Real Flower Petal Confetti Co, £12.45

  • The Little Botanical Baby Blue Christmas Tree

    The Little Botanical
    Christmas Plants: The Little Botanical.

    We couldn’t talk about plants at Christmas without including the humble Christmas tree, could we?

    Perfect if you haven’t got much space to play with, the stunning blue-toned needles of the baby blue tree make it an eye-catching addition to any home. 

    And unlike a bigger Christmas tree (this one is between 70-90cm tall), you’ll be able to keep this one around because it’s planted in a pot with soil – for best results, simply remove the tree from its pot at the end of December and plant it in the garden, where it will continue to grow until next year. 

    Shop Baby Blue Christmas Tree at The Little Botanical, £85

  • Bloom & Wild Poinsettia

    Christmas Plants: Bloom & Wild.
    Christmas Plants: Bloom & Wild.

    Known for its brilliant red foliage, the poinsettia is a traditional Christmas plant that is sure to add a splash of colour to any festive display.

    Even better, this poinsettia from Bloom & Wild is compact enough to fit through your letterbox and comes planted in a shining gold trough – Christmas decorating has never been so easy!

    Shop Poinsettia at Bloom & Wild, £33

  • Patch Holly Tree

    Patch Plants Holly Tree
    Christmas Plants: Patch.

    With its bright red berries and thick, spiky foliage, this elegant ‘blue princess’ holly tree from Patch Plants simply screams Christmas.

    While you’ll typically find holly outside, this tree will be happy inside over the festive period – simply pop it back outside in the new year where it will continue to grow until next December. 

    Shop Holly Tree at Patch Plants, £30

  • Leaf Envy Christmas Cactus

    Leaf Envy Christmas Cactus
    Christmas Plants: Leaf Envy.

    The Christmas cactus earned its name because its white flowers bloom during the festive season, making it the perfect plant for cheering up a gloomy winter’s day.

    And even when the festive season is over and the Christmas cactus loses its buds, its fleshy, trailing leaves would look great hanging off of the edge of a bookshelf or sat on a windowsill.

    It’s happiest in a humid spot that gets lots of indirect light.

    Shop Christmas Cactus at Leaf Envy, £26

  • The Little Botanical Christmas Succulent Family

    Gold succulents
    Christmas Plants: The Little Botanical.

    These gold-tipped succulents from The Little Botanical make decorating with plants delightfully simple. Whether you decide to spread the plants around your home or display them all together, their gold tips will bring that extra touch of festivity to any room.

    Even better, because the plants are painted with non-harmful water-based paint, the gold tips will grow out over time, leaving you with a collection of beautiful succulents for 2021.

    Shop Christmas Succulent Family at The Little Botanical, £55.50

  • Patch Stone Pine

    Stone Pine
    Christmas Plants: Patch Plants.

    With its delicate needles and compact shape, this pint-sized Christmas tree is perfect for areas where a full-sized tree just won’t fit – making it the ideal solution for a bedroom or kitchen counter.

    And because it’s potted, you’ll be able to keep this tree around for the long run – if you have a balcony, you can even stick it outside for 2021 (it will live happily outside all year round) and then bring it back inside next Christmas.

    Shop Stone Pine at Patch Plants, £8

  • Concrete Jungle Norfolk Island Pine

    Concrete Jungle Norfolk Island Pine
    Christmas Plants: Concrete Jungle.

    Although it may look like a Christmas tree, the Norfolk Island pine is actually a tropical houseplant, making it the perfect mix of seasonal decoration and year-long leafy friend.

    Originally from Norfolk Island, a small island in the Pacific between Australia and New Zealand, the Norfolk pine likes moderate temperatures and lots of humidity, so it’ll enjoy lots of regular misting. 

    Shop Norfolk Island Pine at Concrete Jungle, £28

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Lauren Geall

As Stylist’s digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and work. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time. You can find her on Twitter at @laurenjanegeall.