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The White Muscari wins Favourite Christmas Plant 2021

on Monday, 22 November 2021. Posted in Latest News

We selected an unusual range of plants to be considered for the favourite Christmas houseplant this year. Our usual panel of judges kindly considerd he choices remotely and sent theiir selction into us. We are happy to report the results now.

The White Muscari wins Favourite Christmas Plant 2021

More muscari

White Muscari (Grape Hyacinth)

Some less than obvious plants were selected for consideration as this year’s Favourite Christmas Plant and from the judges’ comments, it just shows that any plant can convey a seasonal message if you want it to!

The plant that fills the first place spot according to the judges is the white Muscari (Grape Hyacinth). This attractive plant more known for its place in the spring garden beat its competitors into first place by just one vote.

The top choice was followed by small fir trees including Rosemary. The remainder of the selection which mostly tied in third place were succulents and air plants, white Hyacinths and white Violas plus large houseplants which lend themselves to being decorated with lights or other Christmas decorations.

Rosemary tree

Rosemary tree

What the judges thought
Jane Perrone, well-known horticultural podcaster, commented about white Muscari , ‘I love the scent and subtlety of this plant, and I love the fact you can plant them outside afterwards too.’

Muscari

White Muscari

Matt Appleby, editor of Horticultural Week suggested, ‘(They are) easy to grow and a change from indoor foliage.’

Claudia de Yong, award winning garden designer, suggested that Rosemary and small fir trees ‘used throughout the home, decorated mini trees in displays add a touch of a Scandinavian look with added scent. Mini Rosemary trees have added benefits, people can pick leaves on the Christmas table to garnish their food!’

Miniature trees fir pine or cedar

Small fir trees

Chanel de Kock, UK Manager for the Flower Council of Holland, felt that Rosemary ‘is great when arranged together in a few different sizes and its shape offers the traditional aesthetic, but it’s up to you how to decorate it. And after Christmas, these do well in the garden and can be used again and again.’

We’d like to say a big thank you to all of our judges for finding time to make their selections:

• Matt Appleby, Editor of Horticulture Week
• Lisa & Jim Wilkinson of Pro Landscaper
• Jane Perrone, horticultural podcaster
• Claudia de Yong, award winning garden designer
• Chanel de Kock country manager for the UK at the Flower Council of Holland
• Rona Wheeldon of Flowerona
• Mr Plant Geek, TV and radio presenter and adviser on many things horticultural

Christmas plants

The benefits of surrounding ourselves at home and at work with plants is much recognised. They refresh the air we breathe, bring us a sense of calm and help us to be more productive and creative.

During the lockdowns of the pandemic being able to care for our houseplants also helped with our mental health.

But of course, at Christmas time, whilst these benefits still count, plants are used mainly for their decorative properties and the white Muscari and small fir trees certainly offer these benefits. Use these plants or other ones in our selection to cheer up your workplace or home this Christmas.

Other plants considered included:

air plant baubles

Air plants

Succulent baubles

Succulents

Hyacinth

White Hyacinths (Image courtesy of Flower Council of Holland)

White viola

White Viola

Yucca  Monstera

Yucca and Monstera deliciosa

Holly Ilex ct Gardening Express

Ilex aka Holly

 

Images courtesy of Pinterest and Flower Council of Holland