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Growing Tropical Plants in Cold Climates

Make Seasonal Plants Last Year-Round With Oversize Pots

Today, Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary posed with their children outside Grasten Castle. The castle grounds are lush and lovely, but come Winter, it will be quite a different scene. Chilly temperatures and snow cover often mean that gardeners give up on planting favorite shrubs or vines that prefer a more temperate climate. In areas like Denmark, New York, Vermont, and other colder climates, jasmine, palms, and other favorites won't deal well with being outside year-round.
Take a tip from the Danish royals and plant your favorite mild-temperature-loving outdoor plants in oversize pots. This way, you can move them indoors when the seasons change. To make things easier on your back, make sure to borrow a hand truck to transport plants from outdoors to indoors at the first sign of frost. Keep reading to see what famous Midwestern designer has used this same gardening technique.
Textile designer Amy Butler, whose house was featured on Apartment Therapy, uses a variety of lush potted tropical plants to deck out her Summer garden patio. But since her house is located in Ohio, these plants can't stay outside all Winter. She brings them indoors every Winter, too. Not only do the plants add a lot of green beauty to a sometimes-dreary home in Winter, but they also keep the indoor air quality high.

Look for large terra cotta pots at garden supply stores. For a more modern look, try Design Within Reach's New Pot 70 ($350).

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