With a large portion of the country suffering freezing temperatures, it only seems natural to make sure your pets are indoors and the kids have their scarves. In the chaos of a New Year, don’t forget a number outdoor plants can be brought indoors during the colder months to help save them for another season. Here's our guide to overwintering plants (as well as a list of which plants to toss).
Follow a few basic rules: Before you carry that pot inside, check for pests (especially slugs hidden in the drainage holes). Repot the plant if necessary. Also, think of your friends in the animal kingdom; some common plants, such as cutleaf philodendron, asparagus fern, and even aloe, can be toxic to pets.
Left: Tradescantia Common in gardens and indoors, varieties of this plant prefer bright light and to be kept evenly moist.
Here: T. ‘Golden Oyster’ (top) and T. ‘Tricolor’ (bottom).