Thrive Inside

We asked local landscapers to share their favorite outdoor plants that thrive inside.

By Melissa Mauzy


As the temperatures drop, don’t lose your garden favorites to the harsh winter. Many outdoor plants will grow all year if brought indoors. We asked local landscape professionals to share their favorite outdoor plants that thrive inside.

1. "Ficus Pandurata 'Fiddle Leaf Fig' is a great foliage plant for outside on the porch or patio and does well when brought inside to an east or west window.” David Sherwood, Sherwood’s Forest.

2. “We love the slow-growing Agave for its thick fleshy leaves, spiked edges and ease of transition. As long as this low-maintenance succulent gets bright, indirect sunlight, it will thrive indoors all winter long.” Sarah Riley, Bowood Farms.

3. “A new favorite at the nursery this year is a succulent that took us by surprise, the Echeruvia Topsy Turvey. In July, gorgeous stalks spring up with colorful, creamsicle orange blooms. Plant it in a pot outside or add it to your kitchen window succulent garden any time of year!” Andria Graeler, Chesterfield Valley Nursery

4. “You can enjoy fresh homegrown strawberries during the colder months with Delizz Strawberries. Delizz Strawberries can also be grown indoors in a sunny window and will yield tasty fruit up to four weeks.” Ann Lapides, Sugar Creek Gardens.

5. “Crotons are great indoor/outdoor plants for St. Louis. The wonderfully colorful foliage makes great contrasts both inside and outside.” Richard Poynter, Poynter Landscape & Architecture