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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Blue in the Garden

Learn how the color blue affects you and your garden. Then discover the best ways to use blue, both alone and in combination with other colors.

Ambiguous Blue

Blue's recessive quality serves as a beautiful blender for other colors and makes it appear warm or cool relative to its tint and plant companions. Cool, pale blue flowers, especially those that appear in spring, knit other colors together. For subtle, impressionistic contrasts, combine blue with its cool cousins: lavender, gray, and green.

Blue, in any hue, mingles well with pink, yellow, and its opposite: orange. Borders painted with blue, yellow, and orange or a trio of blue, red, and lime green, add pizzazz to summer landscapes. Blue has a stabilizing effect when placed near electric colors such as chartreuse, magenta, crimson, or hot pink.

The frosty blues of fall that tint ornamental kale and Russian sage interact dramatically with other autumnal colors, including deep oranges, reds, and violets.

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Mix Blue and Silver

As intermediary colors in the garden, blue and silver work well together, creating restful scenes where eyes can take refuge. The two colors merge in the foliage of plants such as rue, juniper, blue fescue, Rosa glauca, and Hosta sieboldiana. Blue-flower plants with silvery foliage, including lupine, baptisia, pulmonaria, mertensia, and many salvias, have a double impact on the landscape. Like silver, white clarifies blue's ambiguity. Blue-and-white combinations bond easily, creating a crisp, polished look.

It's that visual ambiguity that makes blue the perfect vehicle for conjuring illusions of depth. Placed at a border's end, or in the background, it creates an impression that the space goes on and on. If you want to connect your garden's boundaries and the surrounding landscape, blue provides a gentle blending tool. Establish a contemplative area around a fountain or garden bench by using tranquil blue flowers and foliage.

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Ways to Add Blue to Your Garden

  • Clear blues emerge in spring forget-me-nots and columbines; campanulas give way to irises in early summer. As high summer approaches, bold blues take over with aconite, baptisia, clematis, and delphinium.
  • Add blue to your landscape in the form of ornamental fruits: blueberry, porcelain berry, bayberry, and juniper.
  • In hot, dry climates, blue appears as strong and limitless as the sky. In damp regions, blue and green merge. In shade and at dusk, blues seem violet, whereas violet seems pink, so place cool-color plants in areas where they'll shine true.

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