Green Gift for New Year’s

Foliage plants make a great hostess gift for New Year’s. Source:

There are no traditional plants for New Year’s like there are for Christmas, but it’s always interesting to offer a plant, flowering or not, as a gift when you visit relatives or friends during the holiday season.

If you don’t know how green the recipient’s thumb is, consider offering a shade-tolerant foliage plant (philodendron, dieffenbachia, aglaonema, etc.). That’s because most people underestimate the light requirements of houseplants and then lose them, because without proper lighting, no plant can live very long. By offering as a gift a plant that can tolerate even the darkest corners, it is almost certain that the recipient will manage to grow it not only for a few months but for years. That way your gift will be really appreciated!

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

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