Holiday-Inspired Outdoor Decorating that Lasts

Dress up your front porch and yard with these holiday outdoor decorating ideas that last from the first days of fall through the New Year. They look great on a porch or just outside your door.

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Outdoor Christmas Decorating Ideas

Make the outside of your home as ready for the holiday season as the inside with these outdoor Christmas decorating ideas. Our holiday decorating ideas, including beautiful Christmas greenery, festive light displays, and more, are sure to get your yard Christmas-ready.

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Grow Beautiful Amaryllis

Amaryllis flowers are easy to grow from bulbs and great for adding color to your holiday decor.

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Deer-Resistant Shade Plants

Gardening in the shade where deer are plentiful can be a challenging situation. But there are plants that thrive in the shade that aren't tempting to hungry deer. Although no plant can be considered completely deer-resistant, here's a list of shade dwellers that most deer avoid. Plus, we've added some fun facts about deer that might help you understand them better.

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Shrubs with Winter Interest

A winter landscape has a beauty all its own. An unexpected plant feature -- winter blooms that perfume the air, bright berries, colorful or textured foliage or unusual bark -- add a welcome element to gardens. These winter shrubs will not disappoint.

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Tips for Moving Plants Indoors

Here's a handy guide for moving your favorite plants inside once the weather turns cold.

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Landscaping Ideas from the Desert Botanical Garden

Need garden design inspiration? Check out the gorgeous Desert Botanical Garden in Arizona.


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    • The Desert Botanical Garden is a 50-acre gem in Phoenix. It's an excellent destination for gardeners who live in arid climates to discover plants that thrive in their area. Visit the garden and you'll be treated to sights of more than 100 rare and endangered species as well.

    • Play Up Shapes

      Aloes, agaves, and yuccas are some of the first plants gardeners turn to in desert gardens. But there's a wide variety of other species that offer texture and shape to fill your beds and borders with interest. Use upright spiky plants to contrast rounded plants like prickly pear and barrel cactus.

    • Aloe

      Aloe marlothii, a dramatic plant from South Africa, is just one of the many amazing succulents you'll see at the garden. The plant can grow 12 feet tall and bears a candelabra-style stem decked out in orange flowers in spring, summer, or fall. It's hardy in Zones 9-11.

    • Create Shade

      You'll probably appreciate a shaded garden getaway if you live in a hot-summer area. So be sure to include an arbor, pergola, or tree so you have a place to relax and escape the sun's rays.

    • Mix Shades of Green

      Sometimes all you need in your garden is a little green. Instead of going crazy with color, concentrate on soothing, cooling shades of green, from minty to claret and emerald.

    • Light Smartly

      Make your yard safer and highlight your favorite plants, structures, or garden art after dark with landscape lighting.

    • Accent with Art

      The Chihuly glass art exhibit in the Desert Botanic Garden offers amazing examples of how to incorporate art into the garden. For example, these chartreuse towers echo desert blooms.

    • Lady Finger Cactus

      Adding a delightful dose of color to the garden in spring, lady finger cactus (Echinocereus pentalophus) is an easy-care, low-growing variety. It's native to areas of the Southwestern United States and Mexico and is hardy in Zones 9-10.

    • Select for Fragrance

      Be sure to include plants with wonderfully scented flowers, such as gorgeous Echinopsis candicans, which grows 3 feet tall and creates 3-foot-wide clumps. It's hardy in Zones 9-10.

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      Try Luminaries

      Luminaries are a fun decoration when celebrating a special evening. Use them to line a pathway or place nonflammable types in beds and borders or around a patio.

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      Bring on the Butterflies

      The Desert Botanical Garden features many varieties that attract butterflies. Some are exotic and specific to the Southwest, but others, like this pink cosmos, grows in any region.

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      Don't Forget the Hummingbirds

      Include some plant varieties for the hummingbirds, too. Claret cup cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus) shows off wonderful apricot, orange, or red flowers in spring and summer. It's also surprisingly hardy, thriving in Zones 6-10.

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      Select an Appropriate Mulch

      Gravel is a common weed-reducing mulch material in desert gardens because it doesn't hold moisture, which could cause some types of cacti and succulents to rot.

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      Look for Low-Care Wildflowers

      California poppy, penstemon, and salvia are three common wildflowers that thrive in most regions. They're a great choice for adding color to the landscape without increasing the amount of maintenance you have to do.

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      Echinopsis vatteri

      Add a splash of red to your garden using Echinopsis vatteri, an easy-growing cactus from South Africa. It's hardy in Zones 10-11.

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