a bowl full of hellebore blooms

So you have been to the mall and a holiday bazaar or two, but you still can't find that perfect gift. How about giving somebody special a beautiful living gift? Here are a couple of suggestions from Al's.

Hellebore blooms


Hellebores are a welcomed sight in late winter and early spring. If you are a four season gardener, let your hellebores take center stage. These long-blooming, low-maintenance evergreen perennials can tolerate lots of shade. Wrap the pot in a pretty scarf, and you are good to go!

a decorated miniature Rosemary Tree

Lavender or Rosemary Holiday Trees

These 6" small trees are perfect if you don't want a large Christmas tree. Plus, they smell divine! Add some small ornaments and lights and these little trees look perfect on the mantle or coffee table, along with votive candles and your other favorite Christmas decor.

Christmas ornaments on a Norfolk Island Pine

Norfolk Island Pine

If you have an apartment or condo, the Norfolk Island Pine is the perfect gift. You can use it as a Christmas tree now, and continue to use it as a houseplant long after the holidays.


A conifer with a festive Christmas bow

It's easy to see why conifers are a staple of most backyard landscapes. They offer nice color and year round structure in your garden, and are mostly maintenance-free. Because they are slow growers, they are perfect for small garden spaces. Add a beautiful container and bow, and you've got yourself the perfect gift for the avid gardener.