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It’s the most wonderful time of year for holiday color at the Coastkeeper Garden. Beautiful red blooms, berries and leaves abound all December long.

Festive, water-wise plants create a winter wonderland in any garden, or you can cut them and bring them inside for a stunning centerpiece or arrangement. Here are our favorites at the Coastkeeper Garden:

Saint Elmo’s Fire (Russelia): This festive plant produces stunning red blooms throughout early winter. Hummingbirds and butterflies love the coral red blooms.  This splendid plant makes a fabulous addition to your garden, or it can bring holiday color into your home as a cut floral arrangement.

California Wild Grape -Roger’s Red (Vitis californica): Leaves of the Roger’s Red vine turn a striking red hue in December, providing color and texture during the winter months. You can use the cut vine to decorate inside the home or to add color to floral arrangements.

Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia): This beautiful, California-native shrub has bright red berries. Known as California Holly, this plant is Hollywood’s namesake. Birds feast on the large clusters of berries which hang from each branch. You can use Toyon berries to design a unique centerpiece for your holiday table or to brighten a festive wreath.

Want more water-wise tips on turning your garden into a winter wonderland? Stop by the Coastkeeper Garden or join our next workshop.