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Columbia, SC
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Lorelei1973
Aug 7, 2020 3:52 PM CST
I recently moved to South Carolina and have a very lovely screened in porch. It's very humid here and my plants really love it. However, last winter there were about 5-7 nights that got to about 28 degrees (fahrenheit) and every time I was lugging all my plants back in the house.

So, I'm looking for some suggestions of plants I can have in a containers there year round, so could take a few nights a year around the freezing mark at night/daytime temps around 50, as well as very hot and humid summers.

Thanks!
Lorelei
Name: Al
5b-6a MI
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tapla
Aug 7, 2020 4:26 PM CST
Trees, succulents, flowering, evergreen, broad leaf evergreen, ......... ?

Al
Columbia, SC
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Lorelei1973
Aug 8, 2020 10:43 AM CST
Thank You!
Name: Al
5b-6a MI
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tapla
Aug 8, 2020 1:22 PM CST
I was asking if you could narrow down what you're looking for. Are you wanting a tree, evergreen, flowering herbaceous perennial, .........

Al
Columbia, SC
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Lorelei1973
Aug 8, 2020 5:03 PM CST
Well, I have a little evergreen that's out there and I bought a small palm tree and put it in a large container out there. I also have a boston fern the former owner left that stayed out there all winter except the nights it was going to drop below freezing. And I have a very small, dwarf jade plant. So, I'm really looking for anything.....I was considering taking a cutting from an Azalea bush in my yard and trying to propagate it.

Like I said, I'm really looking for anything that could look nice all year round. It it flowered occasionally, even better. I just got really tired last winter of dragging everything in and out on those few nights it got to freezing.
California (Zone 9b)
CalPolygardener
Aug 8, 2020 10:46 PM CST
Welcome!
Leave the Boston Fern out there, it can take 20 degrees ok. We grow them as groundcover.

Things to try:
Ficus- most common ones are ok
Schefflera- arboricola is the hardiest but all will take 25-28 if they are under cover
Gardenia- pick a variety, any variety
Camellia
Dracaena
Begonia- cane stems are amazing in bloom
Palms- most will survive those temps, even Chamaedorea.

Anything you normally grow in shade.
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Aug 9, 2020 6:18 AM CST
A few you might look at are Aspidistra aka cast iron plant, asparagus fern, leather leaf fern. Some herbs... Oregano, rosemary, a bay tree are a few that can take those temps.

I'm in a similar climate.and these stay outdoors and evergreen for me.

Let us know what choose and Welcome!
BTW. You also could leave some of your hardier plants out there on cold nights by just covering with sheets/blankets.
Believe in yourself even when no one else will. ~ Sasquatch
Columbia, SC
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Lorelei1973
Aug 9, 2020 6:19 AM CST
Thanks for the recommendations Smiling

And glad to know I don't have to lug the ferns inside - they're BIG!! I also have a Cane Begonia that I'll relocate out there, now that I know it can handle the cold temps. Smiling
Columbia, SC
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Lorelei1973
Aug 9, 2020 6:21 AM CST
Thank You!
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Aug 9, 2020 6:27 AM CST
Until I read this thread, I didn't know the cane begonia was hardy. I don't want to lose my large one which is over four feet tall but may sacrifice a small one this winter as a test drive.

I have done that with succulents in the past. I have some that can take it.
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Aug 9, 2020 10:55 AM CST
Aspidistra elatior and Asparagus fern, they like our weather here especially in winter. In summer I have to step up watering here since our weather is so hot and dry. I have not tested them for extreme humidity though, since my area is always dry and drier. But pretty much temps down to 30F is doable, it is typically if we hit the low 20F range that I see much more significant damage to many of my outdoor plants in containers.

I do have this plants positioned outdoors in part shade, and as close to the house as possible. That way they can also enjoy radiated heat coming from the house.
Columbia, SC
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Lorelei1973
Aug 9, 2020 11:12 AM CST
Tarev - I do have an Asparagus Fern (which I also moved indoors on those cold nights) and it seems to love the humidity. So, another one I don't have to worry about Smiling

I couldn't tell what plant that was a picture of that you said you leave outside close to the house??
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Aug 9, 2020 11:26 AM CST
This one is my variegated Aspidistra elatior: there are many varieties, but I like variegated leaves, so the dull corner look livelier somehow. This is the only plant I have tried that continues to live in that dull, shady corner outdoors in our patio.
When I first repotted it when it arrived, 17Nov2016
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23July2018
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04Dec2019
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18July2020
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You can also try Crassula ovata or commonly called Jade plants, but got to remember they like very well draining, gritty media. They tolerate very well our mild, rainy winters here. Blooms here in January to February. Can stand temps down to 30F if kept drier. But it hates too much high humidity, and too much rain. But you can always experiment, who knows there might be one area there in your garden that will be good for it. Sometimes it is just hit and miss, since we all have varying micro climates in our growing area as seasons change.
Columbia, SC
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Lorelei1973
Aug 9, 2020 3:55 PM CST
Thanks for the suggestions Smiling

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