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).
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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.