I have planted both in the ground some years, but watch out: they love it, and they really grow (especially the Brugmansia), and then you have even more of a beast to exhume and repot and drag back inside. I have a friend who cut his Brugmansia back hard to fit it in his greenhouse it got so big! My original cordylines got so big I couldn’t deal with them any more and finally composted them (hate to admit it, but where was I going to store them since I couldn’t get them into the basement anymore?). Funny you should ask this right now, because I was just today looking at my big, overwintered plants from last year (some Phormiums, a big red cordyline, etc.) and thinking about bedding them out instead of trying to come up with an even bigger pot for each. One thing about bedding out big sub-tropicals like this: you only need a storage pot, not something huge AND beautiful like you would for displaying the plant in the season, so you can get by with a giant black shrub or tree pot discarded from a local nursery for your overwintering container.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.