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 Morris Arboretum

Learn everything you need to know about designing your garden from the experts at the Morris Arboretum.


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    • The Morris Arboretum is a historic garden in Philadelphia that boasts more than 13,000 labeled plants that thrive in the area's climate. There's a delightful array of flowering trees and shrubs, including dogwoods, cherries, witch hazels, crabapples, rhododendrons, and more.

    • Add Depth

      Morris Arboretum provides many landscaping lessons. One great garden-design trick to make your yard feel larger is to plant bold, bright colors up front and soft, light colors farther back. Because intense colors catch our attention and soft colors seem to recede, your yard will seem larger.

    • Make the Most of Your Space

      Soften retaining walls by planting creeping or rock garden perennials between the stones. This section of the garden shows how you can add color in a space that would otherwise be barren.

    • Create Great Containers

      Amazing container gardens are simple and easy, and the Morris Arboretum features wonderful examples. In this photo, magenta petunias look smashing spilling out of terra-cotta pots holding upright purple-leaf New Zealand flax.

    • Plant Roses with Partners

      It's common to limit a rose garden to roses. But add color and interest by interplanting annuals, biennials, and perennials such as lavender, geraniums, and foxgloves. These plants cover any bare, unattractive stems at the rose plant base.

    • Grow in Groups

      Most plants strut their stuff best in groups; that's especially true for spring bulbs. A dozen daffodils looks fine, but three clusters of a dozen daffs each has even more appeal.

    • Include Focal Points

      Professional garden designers know how much impact a focal point creates. Whether it's a particularly stunning plant or piece of garden art, include a few spots in your yard that stand dramatically on their own.

    • Add Flowering Shrubs

      You'll see a wide variety of flowering shrubs at the Morris Arboretum. Flowering shrubs are a great way to add masses of color to your landscape. Azaleas, such as the ones shown in this photo, are particularly popular, but don't miss the arboretum's collection of fall-, winter-, and spring-blooming witch hazels.

    • Encourage Wildlife

      Gardens aren't meant to be sterile. Add life by attracting birds, butterflies, and other critters. Water features are a sure way to welcome birds; nectar plants are almost certain to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

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      Enjoy Water

      Wildlife love water, and you surely will, too, if you include it in your garden. It is simple to create a small water feature. If you use a container and fountain pump, you may not even need to dig a hole.

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      Embrace Whimsy

      Don't have a spot for a giant twig shelter like the one shown here? No worries -- there are many other ways to fill your garden with personality. Find pieces of art that fit your personality, or make your own and showcase them.

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      Incorporate Structures

      The arched bridge at the Morris Arboretum looks great all year and is a great example of what structures add to your landscape. Consider putting in a small stone wall to separate areas of your garden; get a pergola or arbor; or dress up a garden shed for year-round appeal.

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      Make an Entrance

      Ensure your garden makes a good first impression with an attractive garden gate. The example at the Pennock Flower Walk looks good all year long with its intricate curves and shapes.

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      Grow Understory Plants

      There's a wide variety of understory plants -- woodland plants that naturally grow under the canopy of large trees and thrive in dappled shade. Enjoy bulbs, annuals, perennials, and even shrubs and small trees such as this red-orange Japanese maple.

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