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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June Tips: Southern California

June is an easygoing month in the Southern California garden. Your spring labors should be paying off, and the workload is slowing to an enjoyable pace.

Douse your compost pile.
  • Keep up with watering chores. Soak containers well. If you can't keep up or they're wilting anyway, move them to a shadier spot. Also give your compost heap an occasional dousing to promote necessary decomposition. Also consider shading the heap to keep it moister longer.
  • Remember that drought-tolerant native plants and other dry-climate plants will need only infrequent, deep water from now until rains start later in the year.
  • Inspect your irrigation system, if you have one, for damaged sprinkler heads, which waste water. Replace as needed.

Drought Survival for Your Lawn -- Check out our lawn drought-survival tips.

Drought Survival for Your Lawn

  • Prune emerging flower stalks from palms if you don't want fruit. Also remove dead leaves, if desired, but be sure to leave the living leaves or you'll seriously impede the plant's health.
  • Transplant palms now since the soil is sufficiently warm.
  • If you haven't already, plant heat-loving vegetables such as corn, cucumbers, green beans, lima beans, okra, peppers, pumpkin, New Zealand spinach, zucchini, summer squash, melons, and eggplant.
  • Otherwise, stop planting all but the most heat-tolerant plants.

Deadheading 101 -- Continue to deadhead fading flower blossoms. Also cut back perennials where foliage has browned or become diseased to tidy them up.

Deadheading 101

Mulch Matters -- If you haven't already, apply a layer of mulch on flower beds and around trees and shrubs 2-3 inches around the base of plants. (Make sure it doesn't touch any part of the plants, however.) It reduces weeds, conserves moisture, and improves soil texture. Great stuff!

Mulch Matters

  • Now is the time to control a number of diseases. Watch for fungal disease on tomatoes and roses and spray with a fungicide (a botanical, earth-friendly one if possible). Keep an eye out also for aphids and other small sucking insects, as well as whitefly. Treat with insecticidal soap. Spider mites can be treated with pyrethrums, an extract from mums.
  • Fertilize your lawn.

Feeding Roses and Fertilizing Annuals -- Fertilize roses, citrus trees, fuschias, avocado trees, vegetables, and flowers.

Feeding Roses

Fertilizing Annuals

Fertilizing Plants -- Fertilize container plants.

  • Keep an eye out for yellow or pale leaves with green ribs -- a sign of iron chlorosis. Apply chelated iron according to package directions.
  • Clean up fallen fruit from citrus, peaches, pears, apples, and other fruit trees.
  • Keep mowing regularly. It's the best thing you can do to control weeds and keep grass thick and healthy.
  • Plant late-summer flowering annuals and perennials, as well as heat-loving tropical and sub-tropical plants.

Harvesting Vegetables -- Harvest veggies to keep them producing.

Harvesting Vegetables


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