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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Best Fragrant Flowers for the Midwest

Here are a few surefire ways to add sweet scents to your Midwest garden.

Fragrant flowers can stop you in your tracks in a spring garden, but be sure to cut a few blooms for the house, too -- they smell even better in a vase on your desk or the kitchen table. Here are some of my favorites:

Peonies (Paeonia selections) bloom profusely in cool Midwestern springs. Their frilly flowers may smell like honey or roses; some gardeners say they have a hint of talcum powder.

Get more information on peonies.

Check out our beautiful slideshow of top peony varieties.

Lilacs (Syringa vulgaris) have a heady, long-ago fragrance; they bloom in late April in Kansas City, and if the days are cool the flowers last for weeks. Little Syringa 'Miss Kim' blooms later, on more compact plants.

Learn more about dwarf, reblooming Bloomerang lilac.

Learn more about lilacs.

Discover some of the top varieties of lilac.

Clove currant (Ribes odoratum) is covered with tiny, yellow, heavily clove-scented flowers in mid-spring. The foliage, which looks a bit like parsley, turns bright yellow in fall. Give this suckering native shrub room to grow.

Basil and parsley are my favorite fragrant herbs; I plant them among the flowers and pinch hem every time I walk by.


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