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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Gallery of Garden Structures

Learn key facts about arbors, conservatories, trellises, gazebos, obelisks, and pergolas.


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    • Shady Arbor

      Originally a tangle of mature vines or tree branches, arbors have always been about shade. Today, garden arbors provide instant shade. Here, an arbor and porch swing create an inviting resting spot at the end of a path.

    • Entry Arbor

      An arbor can also serve as the front door to a garden. This passageway arbor frames a view, drawing your eyes, and soon your feet, through the garden. For maximum effect, flank an entry arbor with a fence or hedge to mask the scene ahead.

    • Trellis

      A well-positioned trellis instantly spruces up a neglected corner. Use one to break up a monotonous fence, or as a vertical accent in an otherwise horizontal garden expanse. When choosing a trellis, take your cues from the surrounding structures. A rustic fence demands a similarly rustic trellis; an nearby house with arched windows benefits from a design like this one.

    • Conservatory

      A glass-enclosed extension of the house, a conservatory brings together home and garden in a year-round celebration of plants. When planning a garden-friendly structure, consider these basics: materials that can stand up to dirt and humidity, a convenient source of water, and some cushioned seating to enjoy the view.

    • Gazebo

      A free-standing gazebo makes a great garden hideaway. If you're looking to create a private nook, tuck it into a quiet corner away from the house. If you'll be using it for dining alfresco, place it near the kitchen exit. Either way, use materials that match or complement surrounding structure.

    • Obelisk

      These four-sided, narrow towers have been garden ornaments for thousands of years. Obelisks are most effective when they rise above the surrounding plantings, adding instant height to a garden bed. Use one to draw the eye down a path, or use several of diffent heights to unify a large planting area.

    • Pergola

      Pergolas feature a trellislike roof supported by beams. Attached versions are often used to shade decks or patios. Smaller freestanding pergolas can shade a path or create an intimate nook. Transform any pergola into an intimate garden room by surrounding it with dense shrubs and soft-needled evergreens.

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