Plants make great holiday gifts, but garden center customers are often stumped by how to choose the right plant for each person on their list. Monrovia has a new gift guide to solve these gift giving dilemmas. This fun and useful idea generator offers unexpected and refreshing options for expertly grown Monrovia plants. By matching plants to the most common gift recipients, garden centers can also perk up their holiday displays with messages that are most relevant to their shoppers.
For the HGTV-obsessed mother-in-law:
What to get the woman who wants her house to reflect the latest trends and style ideas? Consider a display that features a mix of statement shrubs and trees like these worthy of dressing up her own outdoor makeover:
Teddy Bear Southern Magnolia
Teddy Bear Southern Magnolia offers large, fragrant, and beautiful blooms that sit atop shiny, deep green leaves. This classic magnolia is very compact, making it a wonderful specimen tree for smaller landscapes.
Faulkner Boxwood Topiary
Every home influencer-inspired garden needs a topiary or two. Faulkner Boxwood features bright, glossy green, densely packed foliage that creates a compact topiary that is easy to love and easy to care for.
Chateau de Versailles Rose of Sharon
Add a stunning statement piece to the garden with any of the Monrovia Chateau Rose of Sharon varieties. Chateau de Versailles features beautiful blue blooms with a dramatic, deep violet-red center. The flowers cover each stem from top to bottom, adding a sultry, tropical feel to the garden.
For the parent who "doesn't need anything"
It's those extra special people on Monrovia's list that often say there is nothing they "need." The holidays are the perfect time to show them just how special they are with a spectacular and unique shrub that will remind them of your thoughtfulness for years to come.
Seaside Serenade Glacier Bay Hydrangea
This unique hydrangea is a modern twist on a traditional shrub. Seaside Serenade Glacier Bay features brilliant white, upturned lacecap blooms open to form delicate star shapes on contrasting, dramatic black stems. Beautiful in a container or planted in groups in the garden. Every gardener on your list is coveting this plant! Partial Sun. Three feet tall and wide. Zones 4-9.
Nuccio’s gem camellia
Stunning, bright white blooms shine on a backdrop of deep green leaves. A must-have for every Camellia lover on your list, they'll love the formal, double dazzling flowers. Zones 8-10, 6 to 8 feet tall.
Little Darling Lilac
Recent breeding work has improved lilacs, offering varieties that flower more than once and stay more compact in the garden. Little Darling Lilac, a Monrovia exclusive, offers double the blooming power bringing beautiful, fragrant flowers to the landscape and containers. Pollinators love it too! Zones 4-8, growing 2 to 4 feet tall and wide.
The discerning foodie
Skip the trendy appliance and give the foodie on your list something they can sink their teeth into. Those with a truly sophisticated palate will love these culinary plants that work both in the landscape or as houseplants.
Mountain Pepper does double duty as décor and a culinary flavor booster. Its stunning green foliage and rich red stems bring holiday colors to the kitchen or the garden. The leaves of this unique Monrovia exclusive can be added to foods that need a spicy, peppery punch.
Haas Improved Manzanillo Fruiting Olive
Nothing shows off culinary prowess like growing your own olives. Haas Improved Manzanillo Fruiting Olive stays compact in the landscape and produces large olives with smaller pits. They're wonderful stuffed, salted or pressed for oil. Zone 8-10
Little Ragu Sweet Bay
Shiny green, aromatic leaves can be dried to add a zip of Mediterranean flavor to soups and sauces. Little Ragu makes an excellent host and hostess gift from Thanksgiving right through the holidays. A true gift that keeps on giving, they can be used as houseplants in the winter and then brought outside next spring. Zone 8-11.
The dorm dweller
Studies have found that having plants in your work or study area can increase productivity, concentration, and overall feelings of well-being. Give the student on your list an educational boost and make their dorm look just a bit cozier with beautiful, easy-care houseplants. Don't worry. These varieties are less fussy, so your dorm dweller can focus on their studies!
This unique, modern Begonia features pretty, spotted leaves with cute, crinkled edges that serve as a backdrop for light-pink and white blooms.
Ginny's tri-color foliage brightens up any space with hues of green and creamy white with hints of pink. This compact peperomia is at home in bright indirect light and is very easy to grow.
Black Jade Hahnii Snake Plant
This snake plant is one of the easiest houseplants to grow, thriving in low light (even fluorescent lighting!) and requiring little watering. Its deep, dark foliage stays compact, making it the perfect desktop or small shelf pick me up.
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