Just like the Christmas tree for Christmas, plants are closely related to the Chinese New Year. What makes it more interesting is that each plant has its own meaning of good fortune.
I've been visiting the nurseries as well for plants this coming Year Of The Rat. The greens, reds & orange (kamquats) are very refershing & interesting, especially to find out their meanings.
The garden filled kamquats which sounds like gold (& of course its orange golden colour) - hence symbolise prosperity.
The pineapple shaped plants which in translated from 'ong lai' or 'wang li' - luck come! :)
The ever popular pussy willows or 'yin liu' in Mandarin, which represent the invitation of abundant luck and prosperity into homes.
According to the shop person, this plant means 'kai xing guo' - happiness.
The reds which is good luck for the Chinese.
Something about smooth sailing in 1 direction.
There are many other plants with its meanings like the cherry blossoms or the also very popular money trees. Well, if you haven't bought yours yet, there's still time to head down to the nearest nursery and get some meaningful plants of green, orange (gold) & reds! :)