What sustains me from November through March? Houseplants. I can't remember a time when I didn't have at least three or four pots of something or other. And that's the thing with my houseplant gardening - sometimes I don't know what the something or other is, and I don't really care. It's green and that's all that matters to me.
I do know what a few of my favorites are, and I might suggest that you find a few favorites too. It gets stuffy in my house during winter, and houseplants do a great job of filtering the air. My rubber tree (Ficus elastica) rates high as one of the best air filtering houseplants. It's also one of the easiest to care for, I have mine in a large diameter (15" inside diameter) plastic pot, and when it's outside it sits on the back porch in a corner, out of direct sunlight. Before I bring it in, I set it out in the yard, hose it down with a gentle spray, let it dry, bring it in and set in a corner of the living room out of direct sunlight, but next to a large south-facing window. I've had it over 20 years and to me it's an old rubbery friend that helps me pull through these god-awful northeast winters.
A word of caution about watering houseplants: don't overdo it. I let mine get almost dry before watering. Use the finger test to see when it's time to water: stick your finger into the potting soil about an inch or two, if soil sticks to your finger when you pull it out, don't water.
|Ficus elastica, or rubber tree, and easy care air-filtering houseplant.|
|Crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia) in a 10-inch pot will never flower in my garden, but it stays green indoors all winter.|
|Mother gave me a sucker from a crepe myrtle growing in her Kentucky garden, I keep it as a houseplant.|
|This pretty rex begonia makes a nice houseplant (it needs repotting).|