You can make it snow indoors with pots of white cyclamen.
There are quite a few kinds of cyclamen—nearly two dozen species—beyond the common, florists’ cyclamen for sale in supermarkets. And yet. The large-flowered potted variety you see everywhere can be a care-free, ruffly petaled thing of beauty if you set pots of it on the mantel or beneath the Christmas tree.
After the holiday season ends, cyclamen will be happy to continue blooming year-round in its pot. (I set mine in a sheltered spot that gets a northern exposure and water once a week.)
Photography by Michelle Slatalla.
Cyclamen cilicium, for instance, has pale purple flowers. It is 3 inches tall and native to Turkey and has mottled green and white leaves. In the garden, it will tolerate light shade.
Softening on poinsettias? We witnessed a Christmas Miracle: 5 Poinsettias That Aren’t Tacky. And see what happened when Justine decided to get a live Christmas tree and plant it in the garden after the holidays in DIY: Plant Your Christmas Tree.
Finally, get more ideas on how to successfully plant, grow, and care for cyclamen with our Cyclamen: A Field Guide to Planting, Care & Design.
Interested in other bulbs and tubers for your garden or indoor space? Get more ideas on how to plant, grow, and care for various bulbs and tubers with our Bulbs & Tubers: A Field Guide.