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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Fall Garden Design Lessons

Your landscape can still look great -- even after a few frosts. This New York garden shows you how.


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    • Create Color and Texture Combinations

      Canna 'Tropicanna Gold', Dahlia 'Mystic Illusion', Zinnia 'Orange Profusion', Cotinus 'Grace', and Larix kaempferi 'Nana' push the spectrum with interesting texture and explosions of autumn color.

    • Formula for Fall Fireworks

      Orchestrating a garden that pops in autumn but looks swell for the rest of the growing season can be a challenge. Annuals are critical to the secret formula -- look for them in early spring at local nurseries. Search for new varieties as well as old faithfuls, such as Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’, Zinnia ‘Profusion Orange’, Verbena bonariensis, Browallia speciosa ‘Silver Bells’, and Canna ‘Tropicanna Gold’.

    • Boost Fall Foliage

      Find plants that boast lush color in the fall season, such as Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Ingwersen’s Variety’.

    • Create Curvature

      Rather than cutting a straight line, try undulating your borders. Here, annuals include multiples of Zinnia ‘Orange Profusion’, Cleome ‘Senorita Blanca’ and ‘Purple Queen’, Verbena bonariensis, and Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’ clustered around a Thuja ‘DeGroot Spire’.

    • Fall Power Perennials

      Keep color seamlessly from summer to fall with these surefire picks.

    • Create Color Contrast

      Foliage can lend interesting tones as well. Dahlia ‘Mystic Dreamer’, shown here, isn’t just about the fetching flowers -- the bronze foliage enters into the conversation, coupled with the clean white flowers of Browallia speciosa ‘Silver Bells’.

    • Mix It Up

      Between Nicotiana 'Tinkerbelle' (in the foreground) and Crambe maritima are waves of Dahlia 'Mystic Illusion', Salvia uliginosa, Eupatorium capillifolium, and Cuphea 'David Verity'.

    • Work with the Light

      Autumn light can be stunning -- so take advantage of its golden glow to create garden art. The cascading cutleaf Japanese maple shown here, for example, glows in the late-season sun. Because the tree matures at 10 feet tall, it won't overpower the vinca groundcover or dwarf evergreens growing nearby.

    • Focus on Texture

      Make your garden more impactful by creating contrasts in texture. One easy way to do this is to stick to a limited color palette and choose plants with different kinds of leaves. For example, 'Mellow Yellow' spiraea offers fine-texture foliage set off beautifully by similarly colored zebragrass.

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      Use the Views

      Look for spaces in your garden to create a commanding view. For example, create a narrow swath of lawn that leads to a bench and birdbath. Surround the grass with a circus of color with plants such as Chinese chestnut, flowering dogwood, summersweet, and deciduous azaleas.

      Test Garden Tip: In this garden, the path curves out of sight, enticing curious visitors deeper into the landscape.

    • Go Beyond Basic Mums
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      Go Beyond Basic Mums

      Mums are a fall garden classic -- but there are many options available beyond basic garden center annuals that you can enjoy for seasons to come.


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      Keep It Simple

      Evergreens, such as the Japanese red pine shown here, are stars all year long. This pine features stunning sculptural branching structure and reddish bark. Low plantings of thyme, pinks, oregano, ajuga, and juniper complement the tree without drawing attention away from it. Hardy yellow chrysanthemums dot the landscape, adding pizzazz.

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      Mix Shrubs with Perennials

      Shrubs lend structure and year-round interest to a perennial border. Incorporate them among your perennials and use them to play off one another. For example, purple leaves of 'Diablo' ninebark are a darker version of the flower heads on 'Matrona' sedum. Dwarf Alberta spruce backs long-blooming 'Fireworks' goldenrod.

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      Add Form to Function

      Take advantage of beautiful autumn days by giving yourself spots to sit outdoors and enjoy the weather. And be sure to dress them up with plants that put on fall finery. This bench, for example, supports hardy kiwi vines, which provide shade for anyone resting a spell. It also screens the view behind the bench.

    • Amazing Asters
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      Amazing Asters

      Try one of these stunning varieties that continue to sizzle as temperatures drop.


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      Rake Up Savings

      Fall is a great time to scoop up bargains, especially on large plants that would take up too much space at nurseries. Be on the lookout for big, bold plants at clearance-sale prices. This variegated miscanthus, for instance, was acquired as a late-season deal.

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      Play Off Water

      Autumn hues are lovely by themselves but look especially good when reflected in water. Site a favorite Japanese maple (such as 'Beni Kawa', shown here), dogwood, or another reliable variety for a fall show near your water garden.

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      Highlight Your Harvest

      Gourds, pumpkins, osage orange fruits, dried hydrangeas, and mums turn a drab setting into a stunning feature. Arrange the bounty into a colorful combination. Add other items, such as cornstalks, wicker baskets, or even old garden implements.

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      Work with What You Have

      This stone wall -- nearly obscured by an 'Annabelle' hydrangea -- provides a practical use for all the rocks found on the property. Rusty orange foliage of serviceberry and bald cypress provide a brilliant fall backdrop. The wall takes the stage in winter as it adds structure to the landscape.

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      Contrast Colors

      It only takes two plants to make a big impact. Yellow-green and reddish-purple are perfect mates because they're opposite each other on the color wheel. Bring the combination to life with golden variegated Japanese forestgrass and 'Fens Ruby' spurge.

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      Repeat Elements

      Common elements keep a collection of plants from looking random. Here, variegated lemon thyme echoes the color of maidengrass, while blue oatgrass matches hues with lavender.

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      Fall Landscaping Ideas

      See how two great gardeners -- one on the East Coast and one on the West -- created knock-your-socks-off fall yards -- and learn how you can do the same.
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