For green gifts with gusto, try these plants with longer-lasting looks:
Banana (Musa spp.):
Bananas offer exotic flowers, tropical foliage, and "a-peel-ing" fruit. Try M. velutina or M. uranoscopus.
Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi): Not just holiday plant—many cultivars bloom after Christmas.
Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides):
Perfect for those looking for exotic jungle scents. Younger plants are inexpensive, but beware of the sticker shock for those in full bloom.
Jasmine (Jasminum spp.):
Definitely charming social climbers, three fragrant kinds are: common (J. officinale), pink (J. polyanthum), and Arabian (J. sambac).
Passionflower (Passiflora spp.):
Profuse purples and pinks (yellows, whites, and blue) set the tone with this looker.