Christmas house plants appear in garden centres and florists from November onwards. Many produce a welcome display of colour, but can be challenging to grow, and short lived - often ending up on the compost heap after a month or two.
One of the fussiest winter house plants is poinsettia, which readily drops leaves if too warm, too cold, too wet, or if exposed to draughts. Given its origins in tropical Mexico, it’s perhaps unsurprising that it doesn’t thrive in a British winter. In contrast, our other winter favourites - cyclamen, azaleas and winter cherries - prefer cool temperatures when flowering, so they often turn up their 'toes' when brought into a centrally heated home.
If you want to grow easier alternatives to these Christmas stalwarts, try our selection, below. All are long lived and undemanding to keep, and will brighten your home for many years to come.