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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How to Grow Paperwhites

Bring a touch of spring into your home a few months early with easy-to-grow paperwhite bulbs!

Paperwhites, such as the ones right, belong to the daffodil family and can be forced to flower indoors any time of year. 

The bulbs don't even need soil: You can force the paperwhites in water alone; just add enough to cover the lower portion of the bulbs without submersing them.

Paperwhites can also grow in a variety of creative mediums that provide root support. Place each bulb so that half to three-quarters of it shows above the surface of the medium. Set the bulbs in a warm, sunny spot, water regularly, and they will flower in a month or so. For longer-lasting blooms, move the bulbs to a cool spot out of direct sunlight once flowers appear.

It might be tempting to try to coax the bulbs into bloom again next season, but they'll most likely refuse. Just like the breath of spring herself, the beauty of forced bulbs is fleeting and lasts only one season.

Our Favorite Daffodils for Forcing

'Galilee' -- all-white blooms with pleasant fragrance

'Erlicheer' -- clumps of white flowers with yellow centers

'Ziva' -- big, white flowers with spicy aroma

'Yael' -- yellow cups surrounded by snowy white petals

'Grand Soleil d'Or' -- multiflower stems with light yellow blooms


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