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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Exquisite Purple and White Flower Combinations

Not sure what plants to put together? Get inspiration from these planting combos that feature purple and white.


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    • Springtime Beauty

      Color combinations can be formal, with colors blocked out and clearly separated, or a more relaxed mix. That's the case with this pretty border of tulips, which neatly softens the space between a stone pathway and brick wall.

    • One Plant, Two Colors

      A grouping of two different hues of alliums showcases how two colors of a single flower can look distinctly different. The white version recedes, with less impact but a visually interesting. The deep purple globe, however, makes a more vivid impact.

    • Fix on Foliage

      Remember that foliage can add color, too. In this arrangement, a deep purple coralbells variety provides the anchor for this purple and white combo. The accompanying lamium does double duty, providing white for the combination in both flowers and the variegated leaves.

    • Carefree Collection

      Lively and cheerful, this casual garden overflows with cottage-style loveliness. Flowers in various shades of purple and white, including clematis, delphinium, wishbone flower, dianthus, daisy, and sweet William, are accented by foliage-focused plants tinged with the same color combination, such as coleus and New Zealand flax.

    • On the Ground and in Containers

      Bold white tulips provide contrast to low-growing, spreading purple forms of lungwort and flowering spurge. To complement a color selection, consider using containers that repeat the same hues, such as this one that overflows with rich purple hydrangeas.

    • Stunning Selection

      A simple way to create a harmonious color combination is to select two of the same plants in different colors. Here, purple and white colchicums, their blooms nearly identical, create a pretty springtime flower vignette

    • Pretty Pairs

      A duo-tone color combination need not blend the two hues in the same plant or intersperse the shades in a planned-out fashion. Here, pansies, in blue and dark purple, and sweet alyssum in white line the woodland flagstone path.

    • Helpful Herbs

      Colors in this flowerbed deftly transition from white (mixed with green) to lavender to a deep purple. There's a nice mix of flowers -- including purple angelonia -- as well as foliage-focused plants, such as tricolor sage and herbs purple basil. In fact, herbs can be an underused source of foliage and flowers in the garden, with the added benefit of providing a harvest, too.

    • Welcome Birds and Butterflies

      Native plants offer lovely shades of purple and white while drawing butterflies and birds to a garden. This casually pretty collection combines coneflower, anise hyssop, and cleome.

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      Short and Tall

      Grouped by height, this garden segues from more spreading plants, such as purple verbena and dianthus, to taller bearded iris. That's a good guideline for easily creating visual interest without making garden design too complicated: Shift sections, particularly in beds that aren't too deep, based on how tall the plants grow.

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      Best White Flowers for Your Garden

      White flowers lend a cooling effect to the garden, especially on hot summer days. White flowers practically glow in the evening, so they're perfect for planting along pathways, or up against a deck or patio. Check out some of our favorite white flowers.
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