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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Gardening in the Midwest

If you garden in the Midwest, do you know when to plan, when to plant, and when to harvest? Have you ever been stumped about the right time to fertilize, deadhead, or mulch? Check out our month-by-month calendar of tasks and suggestions for gardening in the Midwest. You'll find helpful reminders as well as insights into the best times to take care of everything in the garden. After that, move on to our ideas for plant selections. Start with fragrance, for example: Add soothing scents to your spaces with these top plants for smell. You can also grow your own fruit trees in the Midwest -- if you pick the right varieties; these varieties offer great-tasting harvests. Native plants are a favorite from region to region, and the Midwest is no exception; try these low-maintenance charmers. A garden is no good if deer chomp through it; discourage them with favorite plants that deer keep off the menu. If you're looking to add beauty to your spaces, find inspiration in a few of our favorite Midwest gardens, including a colorful cottage space and a shady landscape styled by a self-taught gardener.

15 Native Plants for the Midwestern Garden

Add low-maintenance beauty to your yard with these tough native plants.

Create a Country Garden

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Lawn-Care Calendar for the Midwest

Use our lawn-care calendar to help you have a beautiful lawn all season long.

Design Lessons from a Minnesota Shade Garden

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No-Fail Perennials for the Midwest

Choose these easy-to-grow perennials for a bold, beautiful garden all summer...

November Gardening Tips for the Midwest

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Top Deer-Resistant Plants of the Midwest

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October Gardening Tips for the Midwest

Falling temperatures and falling leaves keep gardeners busy this month as they...

A Colorful Cottage Garden

This Midwestern gardener created a beautiful cottage-style landscape in a smal...

Top Roses for the Midwest

Ensure success with beautiful roses by picking the right varieties for your...

Top Flowering Shrubs for the Midwest

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Top Fruit Trees for the Midwest

These trees promise to provide lots of great-tasting fruit at harvest time.

Best of the Midwest Landscape Plants

These plants merit the attention of gardeners in the lower Midwest. Each has...

Top Drought-Tolerant Perennials for the Midwest

Ensure drought doesn't interfere with your garden by selecting these beautiful...

February Gardening Tips for the Midwest

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March Tips for Gardening in the Midwest

Here's a rundown of what you can be doing in the garden this month.

Great Plants for Midwest Gardens

These easy-care plants are hardy and beautiful. Their award-winning...

Best Plants for Butterflies for Midwest Gardens

These plants will play host to a plethora of butterflies in your Midwest garden.

Plant Fabulous Fall Color: The Best Plants for the Midwest

These plants are the perfect way to add spectacular fall color to Midwest...

January Tips: The Midwest

Start off your garden year right by laying the foundation for a great garden.

Garden Tour: The Art of Change

A lush, ever-evolving garden in Kansas City combines classic garden furniture...

Best Fall Flowers for the Midwest

These fabulous flowers enliven the garden with late-season color and interest

Growing for Winter Storage: Extending the Harvest in the Midwest

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September Gardening Tips for the Midwest

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