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 Fall Flowers for the Northwest

These eye-catching plants add drama to Northwest gardens as the weather grows colder.

While we don't have the intense blaze of fall color the Northeast is famous for, our mild autumn weather carries on from mid-September through Thanksgiving. Brilliant color, berries, and flowers last for many weeks, with sourwood (Oxydendrum arboretum), Japanese maples (Acer palmatum), and burning bush (Euonymus alatus) blazing orange and scarlet against dark autumn skies.

Helenium autumnale in shades of gold and copper; sky-blue Salvia uliginosa; and willowy Boltonia asteroides 'Snowbank' with its bright white, daisylike flowers keep the garden blooming through October.

For maximum impact, combine these beauties with Japanese bloodgrass (Imperata cylindrical 'Rubra'), orange Chinese lanterns (Physalis alkekengi), and dwarf plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides), a groundcover with brilliant blue flowers set off by plum-colored leaves.

Try mixing in a few berry plants, such as our native snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus), the pretty little shrub Pernettya mucronata, beautyberry (Callicarpa selections), and blue flax lily (Dianella caerulea), an Australian perennial with stunning purple fruits, and your garden will keep on luring you outside until the first hard frost of winter.

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