Best Christmas plants: ‘Low maintenance’ and ‘easy’ festive plants to decorate your home

Retailer Marks and Spencer previously claimed there was a 42 per cent increase in sales of poinsettias from their Christmas plant range, proving their popularity. However, the vibrant red bracts and dark green leaves of the poinsettia are not to everyone’s taste. With that in mind, the experts at Infinite Paving share what other festive plants can light up our homes this Christmas.

There are many beautiful options available, from classics like holly and mistletoe to the less common snake plant, according to the founding director of Infinite Flooring Rowan Cripps.

classic christmas plants

Holly and mistletoe are by far the most popular festive plants in the home. Rowan said: “Whether you want a holly jolly Christmas or a kiss under the mistletoe, both plants are European staples.

“Mistletoe was originally prized for its healing properties and romantic symbolism, while holly was regarded as a symbol of fertility and eternal life. Nowadays, mistletoe is a feature of many Christmas romcoms, and many hallow holly Let us deck our halls for the beauty of appearance and sweet smell.

Oxalis Versicolor (Candy Cane Sorrel)

Candy cane sorrel is one of the most festive looking plants to have in our homes at Christmas. This plant looks exactly like its namesake – a candy cane.

Rowan said: “With a white base that’s striped with red, this plant is not only stunning, but also low-maintenance, making it a perfect gift during the holidays.”

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Helleborus niger (Christmas rose)

For those in need of a pick-me-up during the winter months, the Christmas rose may be the perfect perennial plant. The plant has dark green leaves and brilliant white flowers.

The plant blooms during the winter months, offering plenty of festive cheer. In addition, the Christmas rose is a symbol of “peace, tranquility and peace”.

Christmas cactus

These plants make very popular houseplants, producing tubular flowers in bright pink and lilac hues.

Rowan said: “With easy care requirements and blooming for an extended period from late November to late January, they make a great Christmas display. For added fun, the plants are easy to propagate and children can enjoy a Lots of fun as an activity.”

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Pine cones

Pine cones can be found growing on a multitude of coniferous trees and are a winter staple in British homes.

These cones are great for use as festive decorations, container filler, and mulch. They are also perfect for crafts and activities with the kids.


Amaryllis are becoming just as popular as poinsettias. They are noted for their ability to bloom indoors during the colder months, their sweet and mild fragrance, and their elegant form.

These plants also bloom in colors ranging from white to brilliant red. Amaryllis also re-blooms every year, with the plant’s flowering period indicating that Christmas is coming.

rose of jericho

Rowan added: “While this plant may seem like an unlikely contender, the rose of Jericho is also called the ‘resurrection plant’ because of its ability to ‘come back to life’ when soaked in water.

“You can neglect the plant year-round—before restoring it for the festive season—it’s incredibly hard to kill. When placed in lukewarm water, the Rose of Jericho will open in about four hours.

“While great for humans during the festive season, you should be mindful of the fact that this plant is toxic to cats—so be sure not to mix it with Christmas decorations!”

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