You don’t have to be Asian to enjoy Chinese New Year, which marks the beginning of spring. We may be in the middle of winter, but go ahead and decorate with beautiful blooms – each of these plants bring prosperity, luck, happiness and health to your garden and home. Here are some of our favorites.
Orange and pomelo trees
Symbolizing abundance and happiness, orange plants are associated with the yang principle, which brings positivity. Potted orange shrubs look lovely indoors or outside, as long as it’s not winter! Traditionally, parents put mandarin oranges and a red envelope on their children’s pillows to bring them good fortune. Green or yellow (ripe) pomelos are known to bring good luck to a household. Having a pair of pomelos on your counter is even better, since good things come in twos!
You’ll see plenty of these at flower markets around this time of year. Not only are orchids gorgeous and available in many colors, they’re also associated with fertility and abundance.
Representing prosperity and growth, peach blossoms are especially sacred in China. Peaches represent longevity, and these blossoms are associated with romance, too.
Want a plant associated with perseverance? Plum blossoms stand for courage and endurance, and are considered a noble plant in China.
If you’re craving peace, innocence and affection, put together a lush bouquet of peonies. These sweet-smelling blooms – especially the red ones – are known in China as flowers of riches and honor.
Silvery and silky-smooth, these willow plant bulbs are signs of growth and prosperity.
Also known as Water Fairy Flowers, this delicate plant represents good fortune.
If you’re looking for wealth, plant a kumquat tree, which means ‘gold’ and ‘good luck’ in Cantonese.
Cherry blossom bonsai
Also known as sakura, this small plant with its clusters of blooms is perfect for a side table.
These plants are associated with longevity, and ones with gold flowers also attract wealth.
Native to South Africa, jade plants and their shiny leaves symbolize prosperity.
With petals that resemble a butterfly’s wings, this plant represents vitality, happiness and longevity.
Long known as the Chinese symbol for strength, this type of bamboo can be twirled into many shapes, including the luckiest number, eight. Two bamboos in the same pot represent love, and seven symbolize good health.
Which festive plants will you incorporate into your home this year?
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