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. 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).
Still other plants, like hibiscus, clerodendrum, and pelargonium, will simply continue performing as if it’s the Fourth of July, regardless of the fact that there’s 6 feet of snow on the ground outside.
Plants like these — including some of the specimens pictured in this slide show — will reward you with color and fragrance during winter and can be returned in spring to grace your garden beds once more.
Left: Hibiscus In a sunny location, tropical hibiscus will do very well indoors. It may go through a leaf drop and require some pruning, but the plant will recover quickly. Watch for aphids.