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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April Gardening Tips for the Pacific Northwest

Spring is here! Savor the warm afternoons by working through this month's gardening to-do list. Don't miss these April gardening tips for the Northwest

Visit nurseries now to discover perennials that can add splashes of bloom to your spring garden. Candytuft, basket-of-gold, primroses, and bleeding heart are just a few. Count on early-flowering perennials to provide reliable color for spring borders.

Get tips for getting great deals at the garden center.

When Bulbs Fade

As bulbs blossoms die, clip flowering stems as close to the ground as possible. Let leaves die gradually. While they're alive, they're building food reserves to support next year's blooms.

Test Garden Tip: Disguise yellowing bulb foliage with perennials that unfurl leaves as bulbs fade. Choose garden phlox, coreopsis, daylilies, perennial geranium, or anise hyssop.

Create your own bulb container.


Stage your own garden show by stuffing containers with forced spring bulbs purchased from supermarkets and garden centers. Mingle columbine or wallflower between bulbs to extend the pot's bloom season. When all flowers fade, tuck any perennial bulbs and the columbine and wallflower into planting beds.


It's the ideal time to sow cool-season crops.

Seeds: radish, peas, carrots

Onion sets

Seed potatoes

Seedlings: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower

Test Garden Tip: Make weekly sowing of lettuce and garden green seeds to ensure a long salad harvest season. Plant a variety of lettuces to fill a colorful salad bowl.

Plant cool season vegetables.

Best plants for salad greens.


It's too early to set seedlings of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants into the garden, unless you're using frost blankets or another form of frost protection.


Look for seedlings of chives, oregano, parsley, rosemary, and mint. Plant them as soon as soil is workable.

Plant these easy-to-grow herbs.

Early spring is the ideal time to get container-grown perennials into the ground. Improve soil as you plant by adding a shovel of compost to each planting hole.

Divide perennials that aren't spring-bloomers. If leaves are already knee-high when you're dividing, cut them back by half. Two perennials you should wait to divide: bearded iris, which is best to divide in late summer, and peonies,which rarely need divided, but the right time is early fall. When do peonies require division? If plants aren't growing well, if you want more plants, or if the planting spot has grown shady.

Learn how to divide your favorite perennials.


Strike a blow against weeds by adding a pre-emergent weed killer to planting areas. Apply it in early April for long-lasting results. This type of weed killer interferes with seed germination. Do not use it anywhere you plan to plant seeds or hope self-sowing annuals will sprout.

Test Garden Tip: Watch for aphids on young perennial growth. Blast aphids off growth with a strong spray of water. Aphids aren't nimble enough to assemble and regroup, so you've controlled the immediate problem. Keep a watch on tender shoots for future generations.

Weed identification guide.


Deadheading 101 -- Deadhead rhododendrons and azaleas by cutting or pinching off spent flower trusses. This helps neaten their appearance and encourages future blooms

If wayward or damaged branches detract from an azalea's post-bloom appearance, prune immediately after flowering.

This is also a good time to plant azaleas. If possible, purchase plants in bloom to ensure you're getting the color you want.

Find varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas for your garden.

Houseplants and Tropical Plants

When night temperatures stay reliably above 50 F, move overwintered houseplants and tropical plants outdoors. Tuck them in a shady spot for the growing season.

Use an all-purpose liquid fertilizer to stimulate fresh growth. Consider replacing the top inch or two of soil with a layer of compost. If you do this, don't apply a separate fertilizer.

Test Garden Tip: Apply slug bait and handpick slugs early in the season to try to control populations before they explode.


In the coldest areas of the region, continue to plant bare-root trees, shrubs, and roses. In lower elevations and coastal zones, focus on planting container-grown nursery stock.

In either area, it's also the right time to plant fruit -- bareroot or container-grown. Look for cane berries, kiwis, grapes, strawberries, and fruit trees.

After all danger of frost is past, plant tender summer bulbs outdoors, including gladiolas, cannas, dahlias, and tuberous begonias.

Test Garden Tip: Get a jump on the growing season by tucking these roots into black nursery pots and sitting them on a sunny patio. Spring sun will warm the pots and soil within, and you'll have happily rooted plants ready for transplanting. Just protect shoots if a freeze is predicted

Learn more about planting bareroot trees and shrubs.

Plant your trees and shrubs properly.


Prune spring-blooming shrubs after flowers fade. Don't postpone the pruning task too long. Try to prune immediately after flowering so you're not cutting into next year's blossoms.

Finish any other pruning this month, with the exception of evergreens. Prune these any time from now to late summer.

Know what to prune now.


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