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Plants Make Beautiful Gifts for Everyone on Your List

By Monrovia Nursery Company
Photographs courtesy of Monrovia Nursery Company

Plants make wonderful presents, bringing joy well beyond the holiday season. Whether you gift living holiday trees or wish-list houseplants, culinary specialties, or festive host and hostess gifts, you know that your gift will bring joy for years to come.

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This year for the first time ever, the Monrovia Holiday Shop is offering beautiful, craftsman-grown plants that can be delivered right to everyone on your list. Plus, the plants come already gift-wrapped in crimson pot wraps. Even better: You can order a gift and choose a delivery date in the future.

When you mark holiday shopping off your to-do list early, you're giving yourself a gift, too.

Here are five of our favorite plants to give as gifts this holiday season:

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Emerald Colonnade® Holly

Everyone needs a holly for the holidays! Emerald Colonnade® holly features dense, glossy-green foliage and a natural pyramidal form. This evergreen, available only from Monrovia, creates a beautiful holiday accent container, or can be sheared to create a formal topiary.

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Katsura Pieris

A fantastic choice for your loved ones in colder zones, Katsura Pieris arrives with dramatic and festive red-and-green foliage. Lilac flower buds form in winter, adding even more excitement. Arching racemes of pink, bell-shaped flowers cascade over the glossy foliage in spring. This is truly a gift that just keeps giving!

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Nuccio's Bella Rossa Camellia

This beautiful camellia is loaded with rich, red blooms that cover the plant from late winter to mid-spring. The flowers are backed by glossy green foliage. Wonderful in containers, Nuccio’s Bella Rossa is especially stunning when planted en masse. Camellias make wonderful gifts for any gardener.

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Christmas Carol Aloe

Decked out and ready for the holidays, Christmas Carol Aloe features dark green leaves trimmed in deep crimson. An excellent choice for rock gardens or as a smaller ground cover. Christmas Carol Aloe makes the perfect gift for low-maintenance gardeners.

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Little Ragu® Sweet Bay

Shinny green, aromatic leaves can be dried to add the 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, it can be used as a houseplant in the winter, then brought outside next spring.

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