One of the things I love about living in Central Texas is the ability to grow houseplants outside for 8 months of the year. Given a little shade and regular water many houseplants thrive in our heat and humidity. One of those houseplants is the humble and ubiquitous croton.
I originally purchased my crotons in spring 2011 for less than $5 a plant. I intended to grow them as annuals, but they have overwintered nicely and are still going strong. They grow very quickly while enjoying the heat of a Texas summer. Here they are after growing for just one growing season.
Fast forward to spring 2013. After a luxurious winter in the greenhouse, the crotons bask in the early morning light.
These plants can take an amazing amount of sun for a houseplant. I have seen these plants displayed at big stores in way more sun then I give them at home. I keep mine outside from April through November and then store them in the greenhouse for the winter at a night time temperature of about 40 degrees.
If you're looking for brilliant patterns combined with greens, yellows, pinks and reds, then you'll love the easy going and beautiful croton.
For more great foliage ideas, check with Pam at Digging where you will find her foliage followup blog on Berkley Sedge. Check her comments section for links to other interesting blogs about foliage.