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Plants for Both Your Indoor and Outdoor Gardens

Add a bit of greenery to your indoors.  Then extend your enjoyment by moving these beauties outdoors into a container or in-ground garden when the weather is suitable.

Grow ferns indoors in a bright location with high humidity and keep the soil evenly moist.  Outdoors use them with other shade lovers like begonias, coleus, and impatiens for some contrasting texture in the garden.

Though not a true fern, the foxtail asparagus fern is another good choice. Grow this houseplant in the sunniest window available and water just as the soil starts to dry. Outdoors grow this member of the lily family in partial shade to prevent yellowing of the foliage.

The interesting and colorful foliage of Rex Begonias are a real plus in containers for shady gardens outdoors.  Grow them in bright light indoors and shade outside.  Keep the soil slightly moist, but avoid excess moisture that can lead to root rot.

A bit more information: Many indoor/outdoor plants can be propagated by cuttings or divisions, making it easy to expand your collection for the outdoor garden.  As the growing season approaches consider taking cuttings of ivies and the Tradescantias or divisions of your ferns so you have a few more of these versatile beauties for your outdoor enjoyment.  Click here to watch Melinda’s Garden Moment video, Starting Plants from Cuttings, for more details.

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