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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Daffodil Family Album

Daffodils come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Here's a roundup of examples from each branch of the family tree.

Whether you call them daffodils, jonquils, or narcissus, these cheery blooms are a sure sign of spring, and fall is when these bulbs should be planted.

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Planting Daffodils

Daffodils are hardy in Zones 3-7 or 4-9, depending on cultivar or species. If you live in the South (Zone 8 or warmer), precool your bulbs before planting by placing them in the vegetable drawer of your fridge for 6 to 8 weeks prior to planting; don't store with apples, which emit ethylene gas that prevents bulbs from blooming.

Prepare the soil by tilling 6 to 12 inches deep; amend with compost and sand for drainage. Daffodils can handle shade from deciduous trees, but not permanent shade cast by evergreens. Plant bulbs pointy sides up, 6 inches deep and 6 inches apart; for a 100-square-foot bed, you'll need 400 bulbs. In the North, try to plant your bulbs 6 to 10 inches deep -- they'll be less likely to be disturbed by frost heaves or the cultivation of later-blooming flowers.

Avoid planting too few daffs; they look best planted en masse. At about $1 a bulb in the stores, however, they aren't cheap; for large purchases, a better source is mail-order catalogs. One such is Van Engelen, Inc. (860-567-8734;, which sells bulbs in bulk, making the per-bulb price affordable. Buy bulbs that are top-size (DNI) or at least DNII; you may wait years for smaller bulbs (DNIII) to bloom.

Learn more about another beautiful spring-blooming bulb, crocus.


A classic trumpet cultivar, 'Spellbinder' sports immense blooms a full 4 1/2 inches wide on 18- to 20-inch plants. The entire bloom starts out a clear yellow, then the petals mature to a deeper chartreuse yellow, while the trumpet turns a creamy white. 'Spellbinder' features a light fragrance, too. It was first introduced in the 1940s.

Ice Follies

'Ice Follies,' a large-cupped cultivar, produces 4-inch blooms of icy white petals embracing a wide yellow trumpet; it grows 18 to 20 inches tall.

Barrett Browning

White petals, tinged with yellow at the base, and a small orange cup are the highlights of the 14- to 16-inch-tall 'Barrett Browning.'


Sweetly fragrant, the 4-1/4-inch blooms of 'Manly' are fully double, with creamy yellow petals and short, orange ruffles; it grows 14 to 16 inches tall.


A triandrus cultivar, 'Petrel' bears several 2-inch blooms per 12-inch stem, each a delicate ivory white with cups tinged palest yellow.


The white, reflexed petals of 'Reggae' overlap, setting off a funnel-shape cup of apricot-pink on this cyclamineus cultivar; it grows 10 to 12 inches tall.


'Suzy' grows 16 inches tall and bears highly fragrant blooms of bright yellow petals and red-orange cups; a jonquilla cultivar, it's perfect for naturalizing.


Each 16- to 18-inch stem produces multiple blooms of pale yellow cups with white petals; a tazetta cultivar, 'Avalanche' is ideal for the South.


An all-time classic, the poeticus cultivar 'Actaea' sports 3-1/2-inch white blooms with shallow cups of deep yellow edged in red; it grows 16 inches tall.

Hoop-Petticoat Narcissus

A type of wild species daffodil, known to horticulture experts as Narcissus bulbocodium conspicuus, the hoop-petticoat daffodil grows 5 to 6 inches tall and bears golden yellow, hoop-shape blooms; it originated circa 1630.


A split-corona (or butterfly) cultivar, 'Tricollet' sports an orange cup that's split into thirds and splayed against white petals; it grows 16 inches tall.


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