Transform your garden into a festive paradise with the enchanting beauty of outdoor Christmas plants. From the whimsical Frosty Fern to the majestic Douglas Fir, these living decorations will turn your home into a winter wonderland. Elevate your holiday spirit as we explore 17 of the best outdoor Christmas plants that promise to add a touch of magic to your garden. Let nature’s ornaments take center stage this season!
Botanical Name: Selaginella kraussiana
The Frosty Fern, adorned with dense green leaves and silver tips, brings elegance to your garden. It is ideal for those seeking a unique outdoor Christmas plant.
Botanical Name: Salvia rosmarinus
With gray-green needle-like leaves and charming pink and white flowers, Rosemary is a festive choice, infusing fragrance and visual appeal into your holiday landscape.
Norfolk Island Pine
Botanical Name: Araucaria heterophylla
The Norfolk Island Pine is a global favorite, featuring soft needle-like leaves and whorled branches, promising a picturesque addition to your outdoor Christmas display.
Botanical Name: Pseudotsuga menziesii
A beautiful and easy-to-maintain outdoor Christmas plant, the Douglas Fir captivates with its impressive height, making it a focal point in any festive garden.
Botanical Name: Hesperocyparis macrocarpa ‘Goldcrest’
The Lemon Cypress resembles a golden Christmas tree and boasts an upright pyramidal shape, adding a touch of brilliance to your outdoor holiday decor.
Dwarf Alberta Spruce
Botanical Name: Picea glauca
The Dwarf Alberta Spruce, with its bright green needle-like leaves and pyramidal shape, effortlessly mimics the charm of a classic Christmas tree. Its compact size makes it a perfect choice for smaller outdoor spaces.
Colorado Blue Spruce
Botanical Name: Picea pungens
Also known as Green or White Spruce, the Colorado Blue Spruce stands out with its blue-silver foliage, thanks to prickly needles on dark barks—a coveted choice for a festive atmosphere.
Botanical Name: Abies fraseri
With silvery blue-green needles on sturdy branches and a delightful fragrance, the Frazer Fir is a go-to option for outdoor Christmas decorations. It promises to bring charm and scent to your holiday landscape.
Botanical Name: Abies procera
An easy-to-grow tree requiring full sun, the Noble Fir boasts a columnar shape and beautiful upward-folding needles, revealing its attractive red-brown wood—a resilient and visually appealing choice.
Botanical Name: Cupressus arizonica
Among the most stunning Living Christmas Trees, the Arizona Cypress charms with its soft gray-green needles that fill the air with an enticing fragrance—a perfect choice for a festive atmosphere.
Botanical Name: Juniperus virginiana
The Red Cedar, with its dark scale-like foliage and occasional blue-purple fruits, stands out as a unique and visually appealing outdoor Christmas plant—a natural choice for those seeking diversity in their holiday garden.
Botanical Name: Cupressus × leylandii
Cherished for its blue-green needles and globular cones, the Leyland Cypress embodies the Christmas spirit. Versatile and visually striking, it’s an excellent choice for a festive landscape.
Botanical Name: Pinus virginiana
Thriving in clay or sandy loam soils with full sun, the Virginia Pine features clusters of bright green-yellow needle-like leaves, adding a touch of brilliance to your outdoor Christmas landscape.
Botanical Name: Pinus radiata
Preferring full to partial sun, the Monterey Pine is an evergreen conifer with vibrant needle-like leaves. Its upward growth adds a touch of elegance to your outdoor Christmas setting.
Botanical Name: Pinus sylvestris
With a distinctive orange-brown bark and round trees adorned with needle-like leaves and pine cones, the Scotch Pine promises to be a great living Christmas tree, adding charm and tradition to your festive landscape.
Botanical Name: Abies concolor
With dense pale green foliage, the White Fir emerges as one of the best outdoor Christmas plants. Ensure it receives ample sunlight throughout the day for optimal growth and vibrancy.
Eastern White Pine
Botanical Name: Pinus strobus
Featuring slender blue-green needle-like leaves and long yellow-brown cones, the Eastern White Pine, with its gray bark, offers a visually appealing and traditional choice for Christmas landscapes.
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Melissa Pino is a biologist, master gardener, and regular contributor for Planet Natural. Melissa’s work focuses on promoting environmentally-friendly practices, helping people create healthy gardens and finding ways to achieve overall health and wellness.