Indoors, keep an eye on houseplants, especially any you kept outdoors for summer. Pests multiply quickly in the warm environs of a winter home. This vining violet is infested with spider mites, which are very difficult to eradicate on indoor plants. The white speckling on leaf surfaces is a clue mites are feeding. Webbing where the leaf attaches to the stem is another dead giveaway.
Bring your magical garden friends inside this winter with a little pine cone gnome, fairy and friendly elf. Hot glue a hazelnut to the top of a pine cone to create the head and body. Then cut out hats, mittened hands, scarves, beards and wings out of colored felt. Glue them to your pine cone friends and let them frolic in your indoor plants while winter is in town.
A decorative cinder block wall is adorned with hanging plants in a nod to indoor-outdoor eating. One-of-a-kind handmade ceramic chandeliers hang above the sitting area adding to the "living-room" feel of Broken Spanish.
Palm trees and other tropical plants trim the perimeter of this neutral stone pool and patio area, complete with brown wicker outdoor furniture and lounge chairs. Indoor and outdoor lighting illuminate the home against the nighttime sky.
The sitting room is full of pitch-perfect character for a tropical estate — thatched detail on the ceiling, rattan furniture, botanical cushions and big leaf plants. French doors lead to the lush grounds, perfect for easy indoor-outdoor entertaining.
Deep, emerald green leaves with gold ribbing help Ecuador philodendron (Philodendron verrucosum) brighten any room with elegant style. Like other philodendrons, this two-tone houseplant is an indoor air purifier. Place it in low to high light, near an east, west or north window. This is a climbing philodendron and looks great grown in a pot on a totem.
Commonly called 'Star of Persia', Allium christophii has fuchsia to pale lavender flowers and strappy, gray-green foliage. The plants open from late spring to early summer. Let the blooms dry for indoor arrangements.
An array of stylish containers create decorative vignettes in your garden. Chip Wade used cast iron plant in these containers: it's very hardy and gives a feeling of an indoor houseplant. Use graduated pairs of containers for a more interesting composition.
Wonderfully fragrant leaves are the scented offering on this pretty plant. Silver blue-green leaves add subtle color to indoor settings. Give it high light near a sunny south-facing window. Botanical name: Eucalyptus gunii ‘Silverdrop’
This 1,672-square-foot Santa Barbara, California home features stunning tropical landscaping, including fruit trees, palm trees and towering bamboo plants. The ranch-style home boasts mahogany wood accents throughout and easily incorporates indoor-outdoor living with open air kitchen, dining and living spaces.
This modern northern California home, nestled into a Healdsburg hilltop, features clean, crisp lines and a cantilevered roofline that helps to protect its indoor-outdoor spaces from the elements. Native plants surround the house, which is designed to embrace its natural setting.
Located in the historic Bungalow Heights neighborhood of Sarasota, Fla., this single-story home was designed to embrace an indoor-outdoor lifestyle. A variety of tropical trees and plants in the front yard help soften the modern exterior and mitigate intrusive noises.
Lavender brings a fresh, beloved scent to indoor gardens. This beauty needs high light to grow its best. Keep plants on the dry side, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. Your best bet to get plants to develop blooms is to set them outside for the summer.
Botanical name: Lavandula stoechas ‘Bandera Purple’
The key to making outdoor spaces feel warm and welcoming is layering them like indoor spaces. Any time you plan a space, large or small, try to incorporate low-maintenance plants and potted flowers into the mix along with carefree rugs that add color, pattern and texture.