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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January Tips: The Mountain West and High Plains

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

Your houseplants will need minimal watering this month.
  • Mountain temperatures change dramatically, causing "frost heave" of some perennials, that is, they get pushed slightly out of the ground. Go out on nice days and simply step on the soil around affected plants to tuck them back in, a process sometimes called "The February Stomp." (You'll need to do it next month, too.)
  • When shoveling or blowing snow, try to dump it atop perennials -- as long as it doesn't have salt in it. Snow is often called "white mulch" and a good blanket of it will protect plants from temperature extremes.
  • Use calcium chloride instead of sodium chloride on your walks and driveways. It does less damage to plants. Or better yet, use sand, which doesn't hurt plants a bit.
  • If you're feeling ambitious and eco-friendly, instead of leaving your tree on the curb, cut off the branches and lay them around the bases of roses or over perennials as a winter mulch. Less to put in the landfill!

Houseplant Basics -- Houseplant growth this month is slow, so don't fertilize and keep watering to a minimum. For more information, check out our houseplant basics.

Houseplant Basics

Forced Bulbs -- Check on pots of any bulbs you forced late last fall. Most forced bulbs need 12-15 weeks of chilling. Remove them into warmth and sunlight indoors when the tips are 1-2 inches high. Roots, usually, are also growing out of the pot's drainage holes.

Forced Bulbs

Start Seeds Indoors Before the Last Frost -- Start seeds indoors for the very slowest-growing plants, such as parsley, thyme, tarragon, bedding geraniums, and sage. You can also start seeds for plants to put out early, well before your region's last frost, including chives, onions, and leeks.

Start Seeds Indoors

Region's Last Frost

Storing Tender Bulbs -- Check on any stored plant roots or corms, such as dahlias or glads, for shriveling or decay. Throw out any that are damaged.

Storing Tender Bulbs

Bird Feeding -- If you've been feeding birds, continue to do so and check feeders to make sure they haven't become clogged. Also, fresh water is important this time of year. Consider adding a heater to your bird bath.

Bird Feeding

Garden Journals -- Start a garden journal or file. Tuck into it names of plants you like, magazine pictures, plant labels and seeds, and anything else that suits your fancy. If you're feeling crafty, make your own journal.

Landscaping and More -- While you're doing your garden planning, check out the entire section on garden planning and landscaping at It covers everything from assessing your landscape needs to putting it down on paper to choosing the best plants for you.

Planning and Landscaping

Garden Plans -- For specific ideas and layout plans, go to's Garden Plans. There are a number of great combinations for everything from shade to property lines to front entries.

Garden Plans


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