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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Vacation Care for Houseplants

Here's what to do when you leave your plants at home alone.

If you're going to be away from your plants for a long weekend:

  • Soak them thoroughly a day before leaving.
  • Drain excess water from saucers below pots.
  • Group plants on pebble trays or double-pot plants.
  • Remove dead leaves and flower buds.
  • In winter, lower the thermostat.

For Longer Stays

Cover your plants to keep them alive for up to 3 weeks.

If you can't find a dependable plant sitter, cover each plant or small group of plants with plastic. Use bamboo stakes or metal hangers to keep the plastic above the leaves. Place plants out of direct light. Turn thermostat down. Such flimsy terrariums will keep plants alive up to 3 weeks.

Another Idea: Lay plastic in your bathtub. Cover the plastic with newspaper, then wet the papers. Thoroughly water your plants, then set them in the tub. Cover with plastic to keep humidity high.
Moving? Click here to learn how to safely transport your houseplants.


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