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How To Use Decorative Plants To Make Your Holiday More Festive

December 18, 2018

The holiday season is here, which means you’ll be transforming your home into a sparkling, winter wonderland. Whether it’s your holiday mantel decor or where you hang your lights, finding new ways to dress up your living area each year is almost as fun as the holidays themselves! So this year, how about incorporating some decorative plants?

Your holiday tree may get most of the attention, but there’s no reason you can’t mix some other plants into your holiday decor. Orchids, anthuriums, bromeliads and even bonsai trees can add some flair.

Let’s take a look at some creative ways you can brighten your home with the help of your favorite indoor plants.

Make a Holiday Centerpiece

Seasonal-Orchid-CenterpiecePhalaenopsis orchids add exactly the right touch of style to any decor or occasion.

You can make your holiday dinner table stand out with an orchid centerpiece, for instance.

All it takes is a little imagination.

One way to do this is by placing your white orchid inside a giant hurricane glass and wrapping it in garland.

Or you can place it inside a plaid coffee cup.

If you like DIY projects, not only do you get to showcase your stunning orchid, you get to add your own personal touch as well.

Dress up Your Holiday Mantel Decor

A white orchid mixed with some greens and pine cones makes for a perfect holiday mantel decor.

It’s common for decorators to use greenery to line a fireplace mantel during the holidays, but plants like orchids make a great addition to your holiday mantel decor because they will add height. Combining your orchids, anthuriums or bromeliads with festive tinsel, candles and ornaments will tie together nicely.

Anthuriums and Bromeliads Add Holiday Color


The anthurium is the world’s longest-blooming plant. This decorative plant is great to use around the holidays because its bright flowers are red (and pink and orange), and each flower spike can last up to eight weeks. They would look great as part of your holiday mantel decor, in a wreath or even as part of a centerpiece.

Just be sure to place it away from curious pets or children because every part of the anthurium plant is toxic to humans and pets.

Bromeliads also have bright red leaves. They require little care, are easy to grow and produce long-lasting colorful leaf crowns. They also thrive in consistent, warm indoor temperatures. You can use them around the holidays in much the same way you would anthuriums.

Put Your Decorative Plant in a Decorated Pot


An easy way to dress up your orchid, anthurium or bromeliad is to simply buy a holiday pot to put it in. You can also buy a plain pot and decorate it yourself, which is way more fun. Dress it up using holiday craft items, such as:

  • Wrapping paper
  • Ribbon
  • Red and silver glitter
  • Stamps
  • Acrylic paints
  • Pom-poms
  • Felt
  • Twigs

If you want to keep it really simple, tie a festive ribbon around your orchid’s pot. You’ll find spools of holiday-themed ribbon at almost any craft store. All you have to do is encircle your pot with a band of ribbon and keep it from slipping by adding a few drops of glue.

If you’d like to make it stand out even more, add a bow to the front of your pot. If you have several orchids, vary the color or design of the ribbon color. You can use a mixture of thin and wide ribbons in various holiday colors.

You could also try placing your plant in a colorful holiday tin. Varying the height of the tins will help set them apart.

Introduce Some Berries to Your Decorative Pot 


Adding a few berry stems to any of your plant’s pots is a quick way to fit them into your holiday theme. Almost any color plant will work, but a snow-white orchid along with some red berries really achieves that holiday feel.

This is a great way to display mini phalaenopsis orchids, too.

Trim a Bonsai Tree

Christmas-BonsaiDon’t have space for a typical holiday tree this year? Instead, pick up a holiday bonsai! You can decorate it with lights, bulbs, tinsel—it’s your choice. You can even try decorating a money tree.

Think of the conversations it will start. And who knows? It may even start a new tradition.

Don’t be afraid to get creative or start a new decorating tradition this year. By incorporating plants in your holiday décor, you can get in the holiday spirit and still enjoy all the wonderful, natural benefits of plants in your home.

It’s as easy to liven up your holiday decorations with orchids, anthuriums and bromeliads as it is to take care of them.

If you’re not sure what plants to add to your home or where to put them, our Winter Home Decor Lookbook can help. Inside you’ll find the latest home decor trends and ways to incorporate decorative plants.