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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Simple Salad-Garden Containers

It's easy to grow your own salad. Check out our ideas for a container garden of salad greens.


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    • Grow a movable feast! Try your spring greens in an old wagon. It looks great anywhere in the yard. And, it's easy to move to shady spots as summer heats up, allowing you to extend your lettuce season.
      Tip: Drill a few holes the bottom of the wagon so excess water can escape. Otherwise, too much moisture could build up and could make your lettuce rot.

    • Be creative when choosing containers. Even an old toy, such as this model shopping cart, can be perfect. Just line the cart with moss and fill in with a high-quality potting mix. Then plant away.
      Tip: Tuck in small annuals, such as sweet alyssum, along the sides of the cart for extra appeal.

    • Use colorful containers. A single lettuce plant can be beautiful on its own, but downright stunning when grown in a bright container. Here, simple painted buckets hold a variety of lettuces -- so you can create salads that taste as good as they look.
      Tip: Hang buckets like this in a cool, sunny window for an extra-early start on the season.

    • Fill a simple galvanized bucket with fresh spring greens and colorful edible flowers for a simple but tasty work of art. Here, purple violas add to the picture, but you can also use cool-season selections such as calendula or pansy.

    • Select colorful varieties. Though they're called greens, spring salad plants can be anything but. This galvanized tub holds a variety of beautiful lettuces, including stunning red-leaf lettuce.

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      Learn tips and tricks for growing a delicious salad container garden!

    • Grow a whole salad in one tight spot. This big red basket holds a plethora of spring greens -- and looks great to boot. It's a perfect place for a healthy, tasty treat.
      Tip: Add interest by mix varieties for different leaf colors and textures.

    • Use an old mug or soup bowl to grow an extra lettuce plant or two. If you have a cool, bright spot indoors, you can start the salad season extra early.
      Tip: It's best to drill a hole in the bottom or use a cracked bowl or mug so excess water can escape.

    • Make the perfect spring hostess gift or a fun centerpiece, or display your salad garden by growing plants in offbeat containers. Here, two copper gelatin molds make a dazzling impact.

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      Holiday Container Garden Ideas

      Holiday container gardens are the perfect solution for adding color and interest to your entryway, deck, patio, or balcony during the snowy season if you live in a cold-winter climate. Check out our beautiful holiday container garden ideas.
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