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Take Your Houseplants Outside

Indoor plants make exciting additions to shady outdoor containers

Fine Gardening - Issue 143
We all enjoy a vacation, right? Well, houseplants can benefit from a change of venue, too, but their vacation destination doesn’t need to be limited to an out-of-the-way, sometimes forgotten corner of your garden or patio. And you need not be compelled to keep them in the same pots they occupy indoors. In return for their stalwart service all winter, houseplants deserve a little creative liberation, so think of them as candidates for some eye-catching combinations in your outdoor summer pots. Some houseplants offer as much, if not more, visual punch as many more traditional container plants, especially when you’re designing containers for shade. Many houseplants are native to the shady, moist forest floor in warm parts of the world. That preference enables them to survive in the often dimly lit parts of our heated homes in which we grow houseplants. It also makes them perfect for the shade in…

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