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.View Slideshow
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.View Slideshow
Lavender flowers add a cooling touch to the garden. Lavender pairs especially well with blues and pinks, as well as soft yellows and pastel oranges. Check out some of our favorite lavender flowers.
Add vertical pop to your garden with the clustered lavender flowers of blazing star. It's also ideal for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds.
Russian sage has a lot to offer -- elegant lavender flowers among fragrant, silvery foliage that strikes a pose throughout all seasons. Plant Russian sage in areas where it's allowed to grow freely, or choose dwarf varieties that don't require staking.
(Blue Chiffon Hibiscus syriacus)
We all love hibiscus for its tropical flair, continual blooms, and graceful stature. Pair those qualities with double lavender blooms, and you've got a win-win for your garden!
(Viola williamsii 'Velocity Baby Blue')
Pansies are great to add an extra punch of color to your garden during the cooler seasons. Plant 'Velocity Baby Blue' for a beautiful variegation between lavender and white -- sure to fit in well with any landscape.
Plant this climbing perennial near a tree or shrub and it will entwine itself through the branches. Protect the sensitive clematis crown from diseases and damage by planting it just above the soil line.
The allium grows from a bulb and reaches heights of 3 to 24 inches. Lily stalks make strong living supports for the taller, top-heavy allium stems.
'Bath's Pink' Dianthus, catmint (Nepeta x faassenii)
This perennial duet blooms in early summer. Both plants have ground-hugging habits and do well in dry soils.
Fertilize this showy annual often, and cut back leggy plants in midsummer to promote continuous cascades of fragrant flowers.
Rose, foxglove (Digitalis spp.)
Biennial foxglove grows one year and blooms the next.
Lavender (Lavandula) Artemisia, cardoon (Cynara cardunculus)
Mediterranean natives such as these perennials fare best in rocky soil and a sunny location.
Larkspur (Consolida ambigua)
Sow annual larkspur seeds once; the plants will self-sow and return on their own in subsequent years.