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Outdoor Plants That Winter Well Indoors

As late fall and the first frost approaches, we think about the plants we nurtured all season, the ones we enjoyed the most, and what we would like to keep alive over the winter.  But some plants are just not meant to live inside.  A few basic guidelines can help you determine what to move inside.

True Annuals which reproduce by seed should not be brought inside.  Once they set bloom and seed they are pre-destined to die at the end of the season and hopefully reproduce by seed germination the following spring.

  • Bacopa 
  • Lantana 
  • Torenia 
  • Fuschia 
  • Marigold 
  • Verbena 
  • Impatiens 
  • Petunia 
  • Zinnia 



Tender Perennials make great houseplants.  They are a perennial plant that is often grown as an annual in colder climates.  Most reproduce through root and crown development.

  • Alternanthera 
  • Coleus 
  • Geraniums 
  • Begonia 
  • Herbs 
  • Tradescantia 



Tropical plants are considered true Zone 9 & 10 plants.  They must be moved indoors to survive the winter.  Plants may go through a leaf drop and require some pruning, but most recover well.  Tropical bulbs and roots should be stored in a cool and dry place.

  • Banana 
  • Canna (Root) 
  • Oleander 
  • Bougainvillea 
  • Elephant Ear (Bulb) 
  • Parlor Maple
  • Caladium (Bulb) 
  • Hibiscus 



The rare plant you found and love.  Give it a shot, but remember that you need your living space as well as they do.  The right amount of light, air circulation, and drainage is essential to the plant’s success.  If you don’t have the room or the right environment, consider collecting seeds, cuttings, and bulbs.  Everyone will have a sleepy/peaceful winter and enjoy the spring awakening!