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 Enjoy Scent in the Garden

Get the most out of your fragrant flowers by following these seven tips.

1. Combine garden scents to make living perfume. Plant the creamy yellow English rose "Windrush" with annual Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) for an ever-changing burst of scent.
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2. Spread scented carpets to walk or sit on. Creeping carpets of low-growing herbs, such as Corsican mint, woolly thyme, and chamomile, make inviting places to sit and enjoy tea. Sprawl luxuriously on an herbal blanket, or give a favorite garden seat an herbal cushion. However, look before you lounge: Beware of bees!

3. Place fragrant plants near walkways and entryways. Many fragrant foliage plants release scent when touched. Place clary sage, rosemary, and Mexican bush marigolds near enough to brush against as you pass by.

4. Grow fragrant plants near windows and doors. Wallflowers and night-scented stocks are traditionally planted under windows, where the alluring sweetness will waft inside. Tuck potted plants behind foundation shrubs, and change them seasonally.

5. Fill window boxes with fragrance. Scented culinary herbs are useful to have close at hand. Add mignonette and sweet alyssum for a sweet treat for your nose.

6. Arrange evening bloomers near a deck or patio. Nicotiana, evening primrose, night-scented stock, jasmine, lilies, and even petunias will make any outdoor seating area festive with fragrance. Pot each individually, then mix and match your favorite effects.

7. Grow party plants. Angel's-trumpet (Datura and Brugmansia) come in many sizes and colors, but these tender shrubs share a familial perfume that is dizzying. If grown in pots and wintered indoors, evening-scented bellflowers will pour out their perfume year-round.
Learn more about angel's trumpet.

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