Holiday Gifts that Keep on Giving

Photos courtesy of Gardener’s Supply Company ~ 

Gardeners and non-gardeners will be fascinated by the amaryllis as its beauty erupts from the bulb. Everyone will eagerly watch for the bulb to sprout, flower stems to quickly grow and 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 like 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 amaryllis 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 like tulips, grape hyacinths and crocus.

Provide some aromatherapy, flavor and beauty with fragrant flowers and herbs. 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.

Take care of the holidays throughout the year with a subscription of 3, 6 or 12 Months of Blooms (gardeners.com). Your recipient will enjoy bouquets of bulbs or flowers sent on this and other holidays like Valentine’s Day, Easter, and more. Just place your order once and you’re set for a few or all of the major holidays throughout the year. It is the perfect gift for the person who has everything or anyone that can use a little floral pick-me-up.

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.

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